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 for Attic base
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attic \At"tic\, a. [L. Atticus, Gr. ?.]
     Of or pertaining to Attica, in Greece, or to Athens, its
     principal city; marked by such qualities as were
     characteristic of the Athenians; classical; refined.
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     Attic base (Arch.), a peculiar form of molded base for a
        column or pilaster, described by Vitruvius, applied under
        the Roman Empire to the Ionic and Corinthian and "Roman
        Doric" orders, and imitated by the architects of the
     Attic faith, inviolable faith.
     Attic purity, special purity of language.
     Attic salt, Attic wit, a poignant, delicate wit, peculiar
        to the Athenians.
     Attic story. See Attic, n.
     Attic style, a style pure and elegant.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Base \Base\, n. [F. base, L. basis, fr. Gr. ba`sis a stepping,
     step, a base, pedestal, fr. bai`nein to go, step, akin to E.
     come. Cf. Basis, and see Come.]
     1. The bottom of anything, considered as its support, or that
        on which something rests for support; the foundation; as,
        the base of a statue. "The base of mighty mountains."
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     2. Fig.: The fundamental or essential part of a thing; the
        essential principle; a groundwork.
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     3. (Arch.)
        (a) The lower part of a wall, pier, or column, when
            treated as a separate feature, usually in projection,
            or especially ornamented.
        (b) The lower part of a complete architectural design, as
            of a monument; also, the lower part of any elaborate
            piece of furniture or decoration.
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     4. (Bot.) That extremity of a leaf, fruit, etc., at which it
        is attached to its support.
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     5. (Chem.) The positive, or non-acid component of a salt; a
        substance which, combined with an acid, neutralizes the
        latter and forms a salt; -- applied also to the hydroxides
        of the positive elements or radicals, and to certain
        organic bodies resembling them in their property of
        forming salts with acids.
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     6. (Pharmacy) The chief ingredient in a compound.
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     7. (Dyeing) A substance used as a mordant. --Ure.
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     8. (Fort.) The exterior side of the polygon, or that
        imaginary line which connects the salient angles of two
        adjacent bastions.
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     9. (Geom.) The line or surface constituting that part of a
        figure on which it is supposed to stand.
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     10. (Math.) The number from which a mathematical table is
         constructed; as, the base of a system of logarithms.
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     11. [See Base low.] A low, or deep, sound. (Mus.)
         (a) The lowest part; the deepest male voice.
         (b) One who sings, or the instrument which plays, base.
             [Now commonly written bass.]
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                   The trebles squeak for fear, the bases roar.
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     12. (Mil.) A place or tract of country, protected by
         fortifications, or by natural advantages, from which the
         operations of an army proceed, forward movements are
         made, supplies are furnished, etc.
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     13. (Mil.) The smallest kind of cannon. [Obs.]
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     14. (Zool.) That part of an organ by which it is attached to
         another more central organ.
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     15. (Crystallog.) The basal plane of a crystal.
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     16. (Geol.) The ground mass of a rock, especially if not
         distinctly crystalline.
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     17. (Her.) The lower part of the field. See Escutcheon.
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     18. The housing of a horse. [Obs.]
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     19. pl. A kind of skirt (often of velvet or brocade, but
         sometimes of mailed armor) which hung from the middle to
         about the knees, or lower. [Obs.]
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     20. The lower part of a robe or petticoat. [Obs.]
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     21. An apron. [Obs.] "Bakers in their linen bases."
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     22. The point or line from which a start is made; a starting
         place or a goal in various games.
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               To their appointed base they went.   --Dryden.
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     23. (Surv.) A line in a survey which, being accurately
         determined in length and position, serves as the origin
         from which to compute the distances and positions of any
         points or objects connected with it by a system of
         triangles. --Lyman.
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     24. A rustic play; -- called also prisoner's base, prison
         base, or bars. "To run the country base." --Shak.
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     25. (Baseball) Any one of the four bounds which mark the
         circuit of the infield.
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     Altern base. See under Altern.
     Attic base. (Arch.) See under Attic.
     Base course. (Arch.)
         (a) The first or lower course of a foundation wall, made
             of large stones or a mass of concrete; -- called also
             foundation course.
         (b) The architectural member forming the transition
             between the basement and the wall above.
     Base hit (Baseball), a hit, by which the batsman, without
        any error on the part of his opponents, is able to reach
        the first base without being put out.
     Base line.
         (a) A main line taken as a base, as in surveying or in
             military operations.
         (b) A line traced round a cannon at the rear of the vent.
     Base plate, the foundation plate of heavy machinery, as of
        the steam engine; the bed plate.
     Base ring (Ordnance), a projecting band of metal around the
        breech, connected with the body of the gun by a concave
        molding. --H. L. Scott.
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