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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Basement  \Base"ment\,  n.  [F.  soubassement  Of  uncertain  origin. 
  Cf  {Base},  a.,  {Bastion}.]  (Arch.) 
  The  outer  wall  of  the  ground  story  of  a  building,  or  of  a 
  part  of  that  story,  when  treated  as  a  distinct  substructure. 
  (  See  {Base},  n.,  3 
  a  .)  Hence:  The  rooms  of  a  ground  floor,  collectively. 
 
  {Basement  membrane}  (Anat.),  a  delicate  membrane  composed  of 
  a  single  layer  of  flat  cells,  forming  the  substratum  upon 
  which  in  many  organs,  the  epithelioid  cells  are  disposed. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  basement 
  n  1:  the  lowermost  portion  of  a  structure  partly  or  wholly  below 
  ground  level;  often  used  for  storage  [syn:  {cellar}] 
  2:  the  ground  floor  facade  or  interior  in  Renaissance 
  architecture 




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