basement

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base +‎ -ment.

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basement (plural basements)

  1. A floor of a building below ground level.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, Ch.III:
      Turning back, then, toward the basement staircase, she began to grope her way through blinding darkness, but had taken only a few uncertain steps when, of a sudden, she stopped short and for a little stood like a stricken thing, quite motionless save that she quaked to her very marrow in the grasp of a great and enervating fear.
  2. (sports, informal) Last place in a sports conference standings.

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