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On the last analysis, then, love is life. Love never faileth and life never faileth so long as there is love.
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Etymology

Old English botm, bodan "ground, soil, lowest part," from Proto-Germanic *buthm- (cf. Old Frisian boden "soil," German Boden "ground, earth, soil"), from Proto-Indo-European base *bhudh- (cf. Sanskrit budhnah, Greek pythmen "foundation," Latin fundus "bottom, piece of land, farm," Old Irish bond "sole of the foot"). Meaning "posterior of a man" is from 1794; the verb "to reach the bottom of" is from 1808. Bottom dollar "the last dollar one has" is from 1882.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
bottom

Plural
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  1. The lowest part from the uppermost part, in either of these senses:
    1. The part furthest in the direction toward which an unsupported object would fall.
    2. The part seen, or intended to be seen, nearest the edge of the visual field normally occupied by the lowest visible objects, as "footers appear at the bottoms of pages".
  2. (euphemism) The buttocks or anus.
  3. (baseball) The second half of an inning, the home team's turn to bat.
  4. (BDSM) A submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.
  5. (slang, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A gay man who likes take a passive sexual role rather than an active role (e.g. to be penetrated in anal sex rather than to penetrate).
  6. (nautical) a cargo vessel, a ship.
  7. (nautical) certain parts of a vessel, particularly the cargo hold or the portion of the ship that is always underwater.

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • (1), (2), (5): top

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Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to bottom

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to bottom (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To fall to the lowest point.
    John J. Murphy, Intermarket Analysis: Profiting from Global Market Relationships (2004) p. 119:
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average bottomed on September 24, 2001. The CRB Index bottomed on October 24.
  2. To be the source of support or authority for something.
    United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, Executive Orders and Presidential Directives, (2001) p.59.
    Moreover, the Supreme Court has held that the President must obey outstanding executive orders, even when bottomed on the Constitution, until they are revoked.
  3. To be the submissive in a BDSM relationship or roleplay.

Adjective

bottom (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
bottom

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. The lowest or last place or position.
    Those files should go on the bottom shelf.

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