Definition of Bottom

Bot´tom   Pronunciation: bǒt´tŭm
n.1.The lowest part of anything; the foot; as, the bottom of a tree or well; the bottom of a hill, a lane, or a page.
Or dive into the bottom of the deep.
- Shak.
2.The part of anything which is beneath the contents and supports them, as the part of a chair on which a person sits, the circular base or lower head of a cask or tub, or the plank floor of a ship's hold; the under surface.
Barrels with the bottom knocked out.
- Macaulay.
No two chairs were alike; such high backs and low backs and leather bottoms and worsted bottoms.
- W. Irving.
3.That upon which anything rests or is founded, in a literal or a figurative sense; foundation; groundwork.
4.The bed of a body of water, as of a river, lake, sea.
5.The fundament; the buttocks.
6.An abyss.
7.Low land formed by alluvial deposits along a river; low-lying ground; a dale; a valley.
8.(Naut.) The part of a ship which is ordinarily under water; hence, the vessel itself; a ship.
My ventures are not in one bottom trusted.
- Shak.
Not to sell the teas, but to return them to London in the
same bottoms in which they were shipped.
- Bancroft.
Full bottom
a hull of such shape as permits carrying a large amount of merchandise.
9.Power of endurance; as, a horse of a good bottom.
10.Dregs or grounds; lees; sediment.
At bottom
at the foundation or basis; in reality.
To be at the bottom of
to be the cause or originator of; to be the source of.
- J. F. Cooper.
a.1.Of or pertaining to the bottom; fundamental; lowest; under; as, bottom rock; the bottom board of a wagon box; bottom prices.
Bottom glade
a low glade or open place; a valley; a dale.
- Milton.
Bottom grass
grass growing on bottom lands.
Bottom land
See 1st Bottom, n., 7.
v. t.1.To found or build upon; to fix upon as a support; - followed by on or upon.
Action is supposed to be bottomed upon principle.
- Atterbury.
Those false and deceiving grounds upon which many bottom their eternal state].
- South.
2.To furnish with a bottom; as, to bottom a chair.
3.To reach or get to the bottom of.
v. i.1.To rest, as upon an ultimate support; to be based or grounded; - usually with on or upon.
Find on what foundation any proposition bottoms.
- Locke.
2.To reach or impinge against the bottom, so as to impede free action, as when the point of a cog strikes the bottom of a space between two other cogs, or a piston the end of a cylinder.
n.1.A ball or skein of thread; a cocoon.
Silkworms finish their bottoms in . . . fifteen days.
- Mortimer.
v. t.1.To wind round something, as in making a ball of thread.
As you unwind her love from him,
Lest it should ravel and be good to none,
You must provide to bottom it on me.
- Shak.

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