Part of speech: noun

The ground floor of a building, beneath the principal story.

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Usage examples "basement":

  1. The two stones before alluded to had evidently been used to close up the cells, and lay on the basement floor just below the entrances to the cells from which they had been rudely torn. - "Notice of Runic Inscriptions Discovered during Recent Excavations in the Orkneys", James Farrer.
  2. Walter and I found a cigarette case belonging to Jack Gordon in the basement; also a butt smoked three- quarters of the way down and left directly in the negative room. - "The Film Mystery", Arthur B. Reeve.
  3. A front and a back entrance may be in the basement, which, can be used for family stores, each family having one room. - "The American Woman's Home", Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe.