an estate held from a lord on the condition of performing some service, especially service of a demeaning nature.
But John Knox declared, “I am a man of base estate and condition.”
John Knox and the Reformation Andrew Lang
- Base exchange
a department store operated under government supervision at an air base. Abbreviation: BX.
- Base excess
base excess base excess n. A measure of metabolic alkalosis based on the amount of strong acid that would have to be added per unit volume of whole blood to titrate it to pH 7.4 while at a specified temperature and carbon dioxide pressure.
- Base head
noun (slang) a person who is addicted to cocaine noun See basehead
having a low, mean, or contemptible nature or character; meanspirited.