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bedrock

[bed-rok] /ˈbɛdˌrɒk/
noun
1.
Geology. unbroken solid rock, overlaid in most places by soil or rock fragments.
2.
bottom layer; lowest stratum.
3.
any firm foundation or basis:
Technical courses will be founded on a bedrock of sound, general education so as to produce a well-rounded engineer.
4.
the fundamental principles, as of a teaching, belief, or science:
Let's strip away the cant and get down to bedrock.
adjective
5.
basic; fundamental.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; bed + rock1
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  • Crews did find bedrock sooner than expected, but the building was always intended to be aboveground, he learned.
  • To accomplish that, the labs will be constructed one level below grade, directly on bedrock.
  • It's my job to build a relationship on a bedrock of trust and persuade a prospect to invest in us.
  • The topsoil is relatively thin and was formed by weathering of the underlying bedrock.
  • Two materials match the thermal properties of this layer: water ice or ordinary bedrock.
  • Since then, gene patents have become the bedrock of the burgeoning biotech industry.
  • Pleasure is a huge part of sentience, and sentience is the bedrock of ethics.
  • In some places, radio waves reflected evenly, suggesting that the ice was sitting on something much smoother than craggy bedrock.
  • He was utterly without ethics or morals or any bedrock sense of decency.
  • The bedrock of this book is not abstract issues, it's about individuals against exotic landscapes.
British Dictionary definitions for bedrock

bedrock

/ˈbɛdˌrɒk/
noun
1.
the solid unweathered rock that lies beneath the loose surface deposits of soil, alluvium, etc
2.
basic principles or facts (esp in the phrase get down to bedrock)
3.
the lowest point, level, or layer
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Word Origin and History for bedrock
n.

also bed-rock, 1850, from bed (n.) + rock (n.). Figurative use by 1869; as an adjective by 1881.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bedrock in Science
bedrock
  (běd'rŏk')   
The solid rock that lies beneath the soil and other loose material on the Earth's surface.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for bedrock

bedrock

modifier

: a bedrock discussion/ bedrock decision

noun

The asi facts; the crucial elements; the BOTTOM LINE, the NITTY-GRITTY

[1870s+; fr bedrock ''the solid rock underlying strata and detritus'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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bedrock in Technology


A C++ class library for Macintosh user interface portability.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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