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Definition of bottom noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    bottom

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈbɒtəm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːtəm//
     
    Body parts, Parts of boats and ships, Rivers and lakes
     
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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 gaps 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 farmers who lived in the valley bottoms Synonymsbottombase 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:At the foot of the stairs she turned to face him.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. Foot is generally used in more literary contexts.Patterns at/​near/​towards the bottom/​base/​foot of something on the bottom/​base of something (a) firm/​solid/​strong base/​foundation(s)
  2. 2  [countable, usually singular] bottom (of something) the part of something that faces downwards 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. See related entries: Rivers and lakes
  7. end of something
  8. 5  the bottom (of something) [singular] (especially British English) the part of something that is furthest from you, your house, etc. I went to the school at the bottom of our street. There was a stream at the bottom of the garden.
  9. lowest position
  10. 6  [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 bottom of the class in math.
  11. opposite top
    part of body
  12. 7   [countable] (especially British English) the part of the body that you sit on synonym backside, behind See related entries: Body parts
  13. clothing
  14. 8[countable, usually plural] the lower part of a set of clothes that consists of two pieces a pair of pyjama/tracksuit bottoms a bikini bottom compare top
  15. of ship
  16. 9[countable] the lower part of a ship that is below the surface of the water synonym hull See related entries: Parts of boats and ships
  17. -bottomed
  18. 10(in adjectives) having the type of bottom mentioned a flat-bottomed boat
  19. Word Origin Old English botm, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bodem ‘bottom, ground’ and German Boden ‘ground, earth’.Extra examples He reached the bottom of the steps in no time. He started at the bottom and worked his way up through the company. He’s near the bottom of the class. I’d love to know what lies at the bottom of all this. Line the bottom of the cage with newspaper. She could only just touch the bottom. The boat sank to the bottom of the sea. The only way to get to the bottom of it is to confront the chairman. We rode along the bottom of the valley. a case with a false bottom at the bottom of the hill in the bottom of my bag on the bottom of the box strange sounds from the bottom of the well The book I want is right at the bottom.Idioms used to say what somebody/something is really like Their offer to help was at bottom self-centred.
    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/lie 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 lies 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. See related entries: Economy
    (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 a British player was top of the pile.
    (informal) used to express good wishes when drinking alcohol, or to tell somebody 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 the (bottom of your) heartdeep
    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’ve got to the bottom of this!
    race to the bottom (economics)
     
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    a situation in which companies and countries compete with each other to produce goods as cheaply as possible by paying low wages and giving workers poor conditions and few rights They are caught in the cheap food syndrome, the race to the bottom, the chase for the lowest cost of production globally.
    scrape (the bottom of) the barrel
     
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    (disapproving) to have to use whatever things or people you can get, because there is not much choice available
    1. 1to reach the ground at the bottom of an area of water I put my feet down and touched bottom.
    2. 2to reach the worst possible state or condition Her career really touched bottom with that movie.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bottom