/ˈbɒtəm / (say 'botuhm)

1. the lowest or deepest part of anything, as distinguished from the top: the bottom of a hill; the bottom of a page.
2. the place of least honour, dignity, or achievement: the bottom of the class; our team finished at the bottom of the ladder.
3. the lowest gear of a motor; first gear.
4. the underside: the price was marked on the bottom of the plate.
5. the ground under any body of water: the bottom of the sea.
6. Physical Geography low-lying alluvial land adjacent to a river.
7. Nautical
a. the part of a ship below the wales.
b. a ship.
8. the seat of a chair.
9. the buttocks.
10. the fundamental part; basic aspect: from the bottom of my heart.
11. Mining a stratum carrying a sought-after mineral: the hole reached three bottoms.
12. the inmost part or inner end of a recess, bay, lane, etc.
13. (sometimes plural) the part of a two-piece garment designed to be worn on the lower half of the body: pyjama bottom; bikini bottom.
verb (t)
14. to get to the bottom of; fathom.
15. to dig (a mine) to sufficient depth to reach paydirt.
16. to furnish with a base or bottom, as of metal.
verb (i)
17. to be based; rest.
18. (sometimes followed by on or out) to strike against the bottom or end; reach the bottom: we bottomed on a gutter; we bottomed at three metres.
19. to reach the lowest level thought likely: *The September figures show that there is some way before the housing industry will bottom and experience a turnaround. –aap news, 2000.
a. (of motor vehicle springs or shock absorbers), to be forced into an extreme position of compression: the springs bottomed as the car hit the cattle grid.
b. (of the undercarriage of a motor vehicle) to make contact with the ground.
21. (of a mine) to reach a point beyond which further mining is useless.
22. lowest; undermost.
23. fundamental: the bottom cause.
24. at bottom, in reality; fundamentally.
25. bottom on,
a. to reach (gold, etc.) at depth.
b. Also, bottom upon. to base or found on (an idea, belief, etc.).
26. bottom out, to reach the lowest level thought likely: the recession in the economy has bottomed out.
27. bottoms up, (an exclamation used as an encouragement to finish a drink.)
28. get to the bottom of, to understand fully.
{Middle English; Old English botm, related to German Boden, ground, floor}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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