[beys-bawrd, -bohrd]
Also called mopboard, skirt. a board forming the foot of an interior wall.
a board forming the base of anything.

1850–55, Americanism; base1 + board Unabridged
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baseboard (ˈbeɪsˌbɔːd)
1.  a board functioning as the base of anything
2.  (US), (Canadian) Also called: skirting board a skirting made of wood

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Example sentences
Baseboard heaters contain electric heating elements encased in metal pipes.
The investigator determined the fire was caused by combustible materials stored
  too close to a baseboard heater.
According to fire investigators, a couch located next to an electric baseboard
  heater caught fire.
Both baseboard and wall heaters have thermostats that control them.
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