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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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Examples from the web for baseboard
  • 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.
  • Insert with baseboard mounting surface at back of probe station.
  • Turn off heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems and tape plastic over air vents and baseboard heaters.
  • Replacement of current electric baseboard heating with hot water baseboard heating in the high school.
  • It is more efficient than an electric furnace or baseboard heating.
  • Mushrooms growing at the base of and behind the baseboard below a water leak in a bathroom.
  • The units have a hybrid heating system: it contains a heat pump and electric resistant baseboard heaters.
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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