Meaning of BOTTOM in English

BOTTOM

INDEX:

1. the lowest part of something

2. the lowest one of two or more things that are on top of each other

3. the bottom part of something such as a box, cup, or lake

4. the flat bottom surface on the outside of an object

5. next to the bottom of a mountain etc

RELATED WORDS

opposite

↑ TOP

see also

↑ UNDER/BELOW

↑ DOWN

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1. the lowest part of something

▷ the bottom /ðə ˈbɒtəmǁ-ˈbɑː-/ [singular noun]

the lowest part of something :

the bottom of

▪ The bottom of the mountain was strewn with rocks and debris.

on/around/at etc the bottom of something

▪ There’s a small creek at the bottom of the hill.

▪ The answers are at the bottom of page 62.

▪ Your account number is the last set of numbers on the bottom of your cheque.

▷ base /beɪs/ [singular noun]

the lowest part or the wide bottom part on which something stands :

▪ The lamp has a square base.

the base of

▪ The base of the column was cracked.

2. the lowest one of two or more things that are on top of each other

▷ bottom /ˈbɒtəmǁˈbɑː-/ [adjective only before noun]

bottom drawer/shelf/layer etc

the one at the bottom :

▪ The bottom layer of the cake is made of chocolate and strawberries.

▪ She looked in the bottom drawer of the chest.

▷ lower /ˈləʊəʳ/ [adjective only before noun]

lower deck/edge/lip etc

the one at the bottom when there is one at the bottom and one at the top :

▪ We drove onto the lower deck of the ferry.

▪ The dentist filled two teeth in my lower jaw.

▪ The baby’s lower lip quivered and then she began crying.

3. the bottom part of something such as a box, cup, or lake

▷ the bottom /ðə ˈbɒtəmǁ-ˈbɑː-/ [singular noun]

the bottom of something

▪ The bottom of the pond was dark and dirty.

at the bottom of

▪ Susan found the keys at the bottom of her handbag.

in the bottom of

▪ Heavy objects should be packed in the bottom of your suitcase.

▷ the floor /ðə ˈflɔːʳ/ [singular noun]

the wide area of flat ground at the bottom of a valley, the ocean etc :

the floor of

▪ The boys found some bones on the floor of the cave.

▪ the floor of the Mediterranean

the ocean/valley floor

▪ They’re still attempting to recover the plane’s wreckage from the ocean floor.

▷ bed /bed/ [countable noun]

river/lake/sea etc bed

the flat ground at the bottom of a river, lake or sea :

▪ Smooth stones covered the creek bed.

4. the flat bottom surface on the outside of an object

▷ the bottom /ðə ˈbɒtemǁ-ˈbɑː-/ [singular noun]

▪ I flipped over the rock and saw that the bottom was covered with insects.

the bottom of

▪ The bottom of the glass is wet. You’d better put a napkin under it.

▪ There are some markings on the bottom of the vase.

▷ the underside /ði ˈʌndəʳsaɪd/ also the underneath /ði ˌʌndəʳˈniːθ/ informal [singular noun]

the bottom surface on the outside of something large :

the underside of

▪ When she drove over the curb, she damaged the underside of the car.

▪ Workers are repairing the underside of the bridge.

▪ They used to put chalk dust on the underneath of the horse’s saddle.

5. next to the bottom of a mountain etc

▷ at the bottom /ət ðə ˈbɒtəmǁ-ˈbɑː-/ [adverb]

next to the bottom of something such as a hill, mountain, stairs, or a ladder :

at the bottom of

▪ Jordan waited for her at the bottom of the stairs.

▪ At the bottom of the ladder there was a large tin of paint.

▷ at the foot of /ət ðə ˈfʊt ɒv/ [preposition]

an expression used especially in British English meaning next to the bottom of something such as a hill, mountain, stairs, or a tree :

▪ The inn is situated in a beautiful village at the foot of Mt. Mitchell.

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