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basement


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.

noun

    1. a partly or wholly underground storey of a building, esp the one immediately below the main floorCompare cellar
    2. (as modifier)a basement flat
  1. the foundation or substructure of a wall or building
  2. 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
n.

“lowest story of a building except the cellar,” 1730, from base (n.) + -ment.

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