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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 of bedrock
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism; bed + rock1
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  • Weakened as he was, his perception told him that the ship had buried itself deep in a swamp until it rested on bedrock.

    The Short Life Francis Donovan
  • Such a belief was indeed the bedrock of mediaeval political thought.

  • You fetch a person down to the bedrock, as Grandsir Penlyn used to say, and then they know where they be.

  • The bedrock on which they fought was slippery where ice had formed in the crevices.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • Nobody valued Jimmy's intellect, but every one had been prepared to repose securely on the bedrock of his prejudices.

    Quisant Anthony Hope
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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