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Base vs bass

Base is the bottom of something, the support, the starting point for further study or the center of operations. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, base is one of the one thousand most commonly used words. Base may used as a noun, adjective or verb, related words are bases, based, basing. Base comes from the Latin word basis which means foundation and the Greek word basis which means step, pedestal.

Bass, when pronounced as base, means the lowest pitch, an adult male who sings in the lowest pitch, any number of instruments that play the lowest pitch. Bass may be used as a noun or an adjective, it comes from the Late Latin word bassus  meaning short, low, and was probably influenced by the Italian word basso.


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Indian troops were still battling at least two gunmen Sunday night at an air force base near the border with Pakistan, more than a day and a half after the compound came under attack, a top government official said.(U.S. News & World Report)

The European Space Agency (ESA) has reiterated a desire to explore the galaxy from a ‘moon village’ built from regolith – a naturally occurring material on the moon which would protect the base from radiation. (The Mirror)

Since there will not be a quick return to the peace process, Erdoğan’s strategy will be to monopolize the nationalist anger against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) by weakening the political base of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP). (Today’s Zaman)

The base of the emblem is an image of a book titled “Awakening”, which serves as a reminder of the Arab Renaissance, the epicentre of the Great Arab Revolt. (Petra News Agency)

But many a geologist has fixated instead on the mysterious streak of exposed red sandstone at the base of the famous rock formation. (Lawrence World-Journal)

Despite the Houston map on the bass drum (which belonged to the night’s headliners), these are Austin boys. (The Houston Press)

The French bass Nicolas Teste rounds out the cast as Nourabad, the high priest who brings Leila to the village. (The Huffington Post)

“We didn’t expect to start a group together,” said Sonntag, who also plays bass and harmonica. (The Olympian)

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