Definition of bottom noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    bottom

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    noun
    NAmE//ˈbɑt̮əm//
     
     
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    lowest part
  1. 1 [countable, usually singular] bottom (of something) the lowest part of something Footnotes are given at the bottom of each page. The wind blew through cracks at the top and bottom of the door. I waited for them at the bottom of the hill. The book I want is right at the bottom (= of the pile). opposite top
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] bottom (of something) the part of something that faces downward and is not usually seen The manufacturer's name is on the bottom of the plate.
  3. of container
  4. 3[countable, usually singular] bottom (of something) the lowest surface on the inside of a container I found some coins at the bottom of my bag. Allow the tea leaves to settle to the bottom of the cup.
  5. of river/pool
  6. 4[singular] the ground below the water in a lake, river, swimming pool, etc. He dived in and hit his head on the bottom. I feel safe as long as I can touch the bottom.
  7. lowest position
  8. 5 [singular] bottom (of something) the lowest position in a class, on a list, etc.; a person, team, etc. that is in this position a battle between the teams at the bottom of the league You have to be prepared to start at the bottom and work your way up. I was always at the bottom of the class in math. opposite top
  9. part of body
  10. 6 [countable] the part of the body that you sit on synonym backside, behind
  11. clothing
  12. 7 [countable, usually plural] the lower part of a set of clothes that consists of two pieces pajama/bikini bottoms tops and bottoms compare top
  13. of ship
  14. 8[countable] the lower part of a ship that is below the surface of the water synonym hull
  15. -bottomed
  16. 9(in adjectives) having the type of bottom mentioned a flat-bottomed boat
  17. Thesaurusbottombase foundation footThese are all words for the lowest part of something.bottom [usually sing.] the lowest part of something:Footnotes are given at the bottom of each page. I waited for them at the bottom of the hill.base [usually sing.] the lowest part of something, especially the part or surface on which it rests or stands:The lamp has a heavy base.foundation [usually pl.] a layer of bricks, concrete, etc. that forms the solid underground base of a building:to lay the foundations of the new schoolfoot [sing.] the lowest part of something:She waited for him at the foot of the stairs.bottom or foot?Foot is used to talk about a limited number of things: it is used most often with tree, hill/mountain, steps/stairs, and page. Bottom can be used to talk about a much wider range of things, including those mentioned above for foot.Patterns at/near/toward the bottom/base/foot of something on the bottom/base of something (a) firm/solid/strong base/foundation(s)Idioms used to say what someone or something is really like Their offer to help was, at bottom, self-centered.
    at the top/bottom of the heap
     
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    high up/low down in the structure of an organization or a society These workers are at the bottom of the economic heap.
    be at the bottom of something
     
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    to be the original cause of something, especially something unpleasant We need to find out what's at the bottom of these fears.
    the bottom drops/falls out (of something)
     
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    people stop buying or using the products of a particular industry The bottom has fallen out of the travel market.
    (at the) bottom/top of the pile
     
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    in the least/most important position in a group of people or things It's been 20 years since an American player was top of the pile.
    bottoms up!(informal)
     
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    used to express good wishes when drinking alcohol, or to tell someone to finish their drink
    from the (bottom of your) heart
     
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    in a way that is sincere I beg you, from the bottom of my heart, to spare his life. It was clearly an offer that came from the heart.
    from top to bottom
     
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    going to every part of a place in a very thorough way We cleaned the house from top to bottom.
    get to the bottom of something
     
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    to find out the real cause of something, especially something unpleasant I won't rest until I get to the bottom of this!
    scrape (the bottom of) the barrel(disapproving)
     
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    to have to use whatever things or people you can get, because there is not much choice available
      touch bottom
       
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    1. 1to reach the ground at the bottom of an area of water I put my feet down and touched bottom.
    2. 2 to reach the worst possible state or condition Her career really touched bottom with that movie.
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