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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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Few architects have enlarged their practice so rapidly from a narrow base. Recently completed buildings in southern California include the Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona (AR March 2001), Caltrans and the Science Center School in central LA, with an astrophysics centre at the California Institute of Technology still to come.
But it has a narrow base and it's top-heavy, so it's not the best portable on the market.
"During the 10 years, and despite what people say about hurling having a very narrow base, six counties have won the hurling championship.
The whole idea of Zionism was summarized for us as an inverted pyramid: in Europe, Jews were mostly middle-class intellectuals, merchants, and financiers, resting on a narrow base of relatively few Jewish blue-collar workers and even fewer farmers.

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