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BASE. Something low; inferior. This word is frequently used in composition; as base court, base estate, base fee, &c.

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Michael Denning's highly touted Cultural Front, while valuable for its encyclopedic--and largely unjaundiced--survey of left-influenced artistic and discursive practices during the conventionally demarcated era of the Popular Front, tends to minimize the role played by the organized left and to view the period's culture as relatively autonomous from its material base, almost indeed to the point of absolute autonomy.
The plant does not possess own raw material base and focuses on its export from Kazakhstan.
"The immediate focus of the new company will be to rebuild its raw material base and increase production and sales during the next few months," said Craig Barker, president of Silva Acquisition Company.

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