basement

basement

[beys-muhnt]
noun
1.
a story of a building, partly or wholly underground.
2.
(in classical and Renaissance architecture) the portion of a building beneath the principal story, treated as a single compositional unit.
3.
the lowermost portion of a structure.
4.
the substructure of a columnar or arched construction.

Origin:
1720–30; base1 + -ment

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basement (ˈbeɪsmənt)
 
n
1.  a.  Compare cellar a partly or wholly underground storey of a building, esp the one immediately below the main floor
 b.  (as modifier): a basement flat
2.  the foundation or substructure of a wall or building
3.  geology a part of the earth's crust formed of hard igneous or metamorphic rock that lies beneath the cover of soft sedimentary rock, sediment, and soil

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basement
"lowest story of a building except the cellar," 1730, from base (n.).
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