bottom meaning

[ 'bɔtəm ] Pronunciation:   "bottom" in a sentence
Noun: bottom  bótum
  1. The lower side of anything
    - underside, undersurface 
  2. The lowest part of anything
    "they started at the bottom of the hill" 
  3. The fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
    - buttocks, nates, butt, backside, bum, buns [N. Amer], can [N. Amer], fundament, hindquarters, hind end, posterior, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush [N. Amer], behind, derriere, heinie [US], derrière 
  4. The second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat
    - bottom of the inning 
  5. A depression forming the ground under a body of water
    - bed 
  6. Low-lying alluvial land near a river
    - bottomland 
  7. A cargo ship
    "they did much of their overseas trade in foreign bottoms"
    - freighter, merchantman, merchant ship
Verb: bottom  bótum
  1. Provide with a bottom or a seat
    "bottom the chairs" 
  2. Strike the ground, as with a ship's bottom 
  3. Come to understand
    - penetrate, fathom
Adjective: bottom  bótum
  1. Situated at the bottom or lowest position
    "the bottom drawer" 
  2. The lowest rank
    "bottom member of the class"

Derived forms: bottoms, bottoming, bottomed

See also: bottommost, inferior, lowermost, nether, nethermost, worst

Type of: body part, bout, cargo ship, cargo vessel, collide with, depression, face, furnish, ground, hit, impinge on, land, natural depression, part, provide, region, render, round, run into, side, soil, strike, supply, turn, understand

Antonym: side, top

Part of: body, frame, inning, torso, trunk

Encyclopedia: Bottom Bottom, North Carolina

[American slang]
n. the second half of a baseball inning.
• It's the bottom of the second, Wilbur 's up.
• Wilbur hit a double-bagger in the bottom of the second.

AmE / noun, adjective, verb



1 [sing.]

the lowest or worst level of sth:

You have to be prepared to start at the bottom in the company and work your way up.

Analysts believe this is the bottom of the cycle for mobile phone makers.

The decline in demand for the products has now hit bottom.

Some people think we have reached the bottom in the economy.

2 [C]

the lowest part of sth:

A message should appear at the bottom of the screen.

Footnotes are given at the bottom of each page.


the bottom drops/falls out of sth

people stop buying or using the products of a particular industry:

The bottom has dropped out of the travel market.

from the bottom up

relying on the ideas and support of the people who have lower positions in an organization:

She believes that authority comes from the bottom up, not the top down.



adjective [only before noun]

in the lowest, last or furthest place or position:

Double-click on the icon in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.

The firm ranked in the bottom 25% of all those surveyed.

The insurer has focused on the bottom end of the market (= on selling to people who cannot afford to spend much).

verb [no obj] bottom (out)

to stop getting lower or worse:

The number of people unemployed has risen by 67 000 since bottoming in April.

There are signs that the country's economy is bottoming out.

bottoming, bottoming out noun [U; sing.]:

a bottoming out in energy prices

a bottoming in the economic downturn

Refers to the base support level for market prices of any type. Also used in the context of securities to refer to the lowest market price of a security during a specific time-frame.

The second half of each inning, when the home team is at bat.


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  1. i'll bet my bottom dollars that he will succeed.
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  3. the tool shed is at the bottom of the garden.
  4. we must get to the bottom of this mystery.
  5. boiling water cracked a cup across the bottom.

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