basement /ˈbeɪsm(ə)nt/


I. noun

1. the floor of a building which is partly or entirely below ground level.

they went down the stairs into the basement.
[as modifier]
a basement flat.
[Geology] the oldest formation of rocks underlying a particular area.

[as modifier]

basement rocks.
– origin mid 18th cent.: probably from archaic Dutch basement ‘foundation’, perhaps from Italian basamento ‘column base’.

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