bottom

The bottom of something is its underside, or lowest point. You might practice swimming by diving to the bottom of a swimming pool to retrieve pennies.

When you're hungry, you'll eat to the bottom of your ice cream bowl, and if you're looking for your car keys, you may need to dig to the very bottom of your tote bag. A thing's underside is also its bottom, so you might check out the bottom of your foot if you think you have a splinter. Informally, your bottom is also your buttocks, or your backside. It comes from the Old English botm, "ground" or "foundation."

Primary Meanings of bottom

1.
nadjv
the lower side of anything
situated at the bottom or lowest position
provide with a bottom or a seat
2.
n
the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
3.
n
the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat
4.
n
a cargo ship
5.
v
come to understand
Full Definitions of bottom
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n the lower side of anything

Synonyms:
underside, undersurface
Types:
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base
a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
bilge
where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom
heel
the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation
sole
the underside of footwear or a golf club
underbelly
lower side
bilges
in a vessel with two hulls, an enclosed area between the frames at each side
Cuban heel
a broad heel of medium height on women's shoes
French heel
a fairly high narrow heel on women's shoes
half sole
shoe sole extending from the shank to the toe
innersole, insole
the inner sole of a shoe or boot where the foot rests
outsole
the outer sole of a shoe or boot that is the bottom of the shoe and makes contact with the ground
spike, spike heel, stiletto heel
a very high narrow heel on women's shoes
stacked heel
a heel made of many layers of leather
wedge, wedge heel
a heel that is an extension of the sole of the shoe
wineglass heel
a heel on a woman's shoe in the shape of a wineglass
Type of:
face, side
a surface forming part of the outside of an object

n the lowest part of anything

“they started at the bottom of the hill”
Types:
foot
the lower part of anything
base
(anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment
rock bottom
the absolute bottom
Type of:
part, region
the extended spatial location of something

n a depression forming the ground under a body of water

Synonyms:
bed
Types:
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lake bed, lake bottom
the bottom of a lake
Davy Jones, Davy Jones's locker, ocean bottom, ocean floor, sea bottom, sea floor, seabed
the bottom of a sea or ocean
river bottom, riverbed
a channel occupied (or formerly occupied) by a river
creek bed, streambed
a channel occupied (or formerly occupied) by a stream
abyssal zone
the deep sea (2000 meters or more) where there is no light
continental shelf
the relatively shallow (up to 200 meters) seabed surrounding a continent
bathyal district, bathyal zone, continental slope
the steep descent of the seabed from the continental shelf to the abyssal zone
neritic zone
the ocean waters from the low tide mark to a depth of about 100 fathoms
twilight zone
the lowest level of the ocean to which light can reach
dry wash, wash
the dry bed of an intermittent stream (as at the bottom of a canyon)
Type of:
depression, natural depression
a sunken or depressed geological formation

n low-lying alluvial land near a river

Synonyms:
bottomland
Type of:
ground, land, soil
material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)

adj situated at the bottom or lowest position

“the bottom drawer”
Synonyms:
bottommost, lowermost, nethermost
farthest down
inferior
lower than a given reference point
nether
lower
Antonyms:
top
situated at the top or highest position
side
located on a side
best
(superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities
high
(literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
apical
situated at an apex
crowning
forming or providing a crown or summit
topmost, upmost, uppermost
at or nearest to the top
upper
the topmost one of two
broadside
toward a full side
lateral, sidelong
situated at or extending to the side
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adj the lowest rank

bottom member of the class”
Synonyms:
worst
(superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition

v provide with a bottom or a seat

bottom the chairs”
Type of:
furnish, provide, render, supply
give something useful or necessary to

v strike the ground, as with a ship's bottom

Type of:
collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike
hit against; come into sudden contact with
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n the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

Synonyms:
ass, backside, behind, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, can, derriere, fanny, fundament, hind end, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, seat, stern, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush
Type of:
body part
any part of an organism such as an organ or extremity
3

n the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat

Synonyms:
bottom of the inning
Antonyms:
top, top of the inning
the first half of an inning; while the visiting team is at bat
Type of:
bout, round, turn
(sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive
4

n a cargo ship

“they did much of their overseas trade in foreign bottoms
Synonyms:
freighter, merchant ship, merchantman
Type of:
cargo ship, cargo vessel
a ship designed to carry cargo
5

v come to understand

Synonyms:
fathom, penetrate
Type of:
understand
know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

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