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[beys-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈbeɪsˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
Also called mopboard, skirt. a board forming the foot of an interior wall.
a board forming the base of anything.
Origin of baseboard
1850-55, Americanism; base1 + board Unabridged
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  • Even an old house can be equipped with ceiling, wall and baseboard outlets with but little expense or inconvenience to you.

  • The walls of the room have a 3-inch baseboard, but no wainscotting.

    The Fairfax County Courthouse Ross D. Netherton
  • A baseboard outlet should be available for small portable lamps which may be used upon the bureau or for electric heating devices.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • They crept along slowly, their wagons loaded from baseboard to roof.

    Historic Adventures Rupert S. Holland
  • A crack between flooring and baseboard may be the air leak that has caused the trouble.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • The slot in the small end of the baseboard is for the film to pass through.

  • Great care was taken to place the hairs at exactly the same height above the baseboard.

    The Scientific American Boy A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • The parts for the gongs and electrical apparatus are supported on a baseboard, 3/4 in.

  • The metal forming the lamp house is fastened on a baseboard, cut to snugly fit on the inside.

British Dictionary definitions for baseboard


a board functioning as the base of anything
(US & Canadian) Also called skirting board. a skirting made of wood
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Word Origin and History for baseboard

1854, from base (n.) + board (n.1).

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