bot|tom1 W3S1 [ˈbɔtəm US ˈba:-] n
1¦(lowest part)¦
2¦(lowest side)¦
3¦(lowest inner part)¦
4¦(lowest social position/rank)¦
8¦(furthest part)¦
9 get to the bottom of something
10 be/lie at the bottom of something
11 be at/hit/reach rock bottom
12 from the bottom of your heart
13 the bottom drops/falls out of the market
14 bottoms up!
15 big-bottomed/round-bottomed etc
16 at bottom
[: Old English; Origin: botm]
the bottom
the lowest part of something
≠ ↑top the bottom of
Can you hold the bottom of the ladder for me?
at the bottom (of sth)
Grandma was standing at the bottom of the stairs.
at the bottom of the page
Go downstairs and wait for me at the bottom.
the bottom of the page/screen
There should be a menu bar at the bottom of your screen.
2.) ¦(LOWEST SIDE)¦ [C usually singular]
the flat surface on the lowest side of an object
the bottom of sth
Something's hanging from the bottom of your car.
What's that on the bottom of your shoe?
3.) ¦(LOWEST INNER PART)¦ [C usually singular]
the lowest inner surface of something such as a container
at/in the bottom of sth
I found the keys - they were at the bottom of my handbag.
The drugs had been hidden in a suitcase with a false bottom.
the bottom
the lowest position in an organization or company
≠ ↑top the bottom of
The Giants are at the bottom of the league.
the bottom of the ladder/pile/heap
(=the lowest position in society, an organization etc)
Immigrants were at the bottom of the pile.
Higgins had started at the bottom (=in a low position in a company) and worked his way up to become managing director.
second/third etc from bottom
United currently lie second from bottom of the Premier League.
the bottom
the ground under a sea, river etc, or the flat land in a valley
the bottom of
The bottom of the pool is very slippery.
at/on the bottom (of sth)
A body was found at the bottom of the canal.
the sea/river bottom
fish living on the sea bottom
6.) ¦(BODY)¦
the part of your body that you sit on
I just sat on my bottom and slid down.
7.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦ [C usually plural]
the part of a set of clothes that you wear on the lower part of your body
pyjama bottoms
a blue bikini bottom
the bottom of a road/garden etc
especially BrE the part of a road, area of land etc that is furthest from where you are
There's a shop at the bottom of the street.
9.) get to the bottom of sth
to find out the cause of a problem or situation
I never got to the bottom of this!
10.) be/lie at the bottom of sth
to be the basic cause of a problem or situation
Lack of money is at the bottom of many family problems.
11.) be at/hit/reach rock bottom
a) to be in a very bad situation that could not be any worse
I was at rock bottom, and knew I had to try and stop drinking.
b) to be at a very low level
We bought the house when prices were at rock bottom.
12.) from the bottom of your heart
in a very sincere way
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
13.) the bottom drops/falls out of the market
when people stop buying a particular product, so that the people who sell it can no longer make any money
14.) bottoms up!
spoken used to tell someone to enjoy or finish their alcoholic drink
15.) big-bottomed/round-bottomed etc
having a bottom or base that is big, round etc
16.) at bottom
formal the way a person or situation really is, although they may seem different
She's a good kind person at bottom.
you can bet your bottom dollar atbet1 (4), knock the bottom out of atknock1 (25), from top to bottom attop1 (21), the bottom of the list atlist1 (2), scrape the bottom of the barrel atscrape1 (5)
bottom 2
bottom2 W3S1 adj
1.) [only before noun]
in the lowest place or position
≠ ↑top
It's on the bottom shelf .
The towels are in the bottom drawer .
You've got some butter on your bottom lip .
the bottom right hand corner of the page
2.) [not before noun]
the least important, successful etc
≠ ↑top
I was bottom of the class (=the least successful student) in Spanish.
Britain came bottom on efforts to tackle pollution and global warming.
3.) [only before noun] especially BrE in the place furthest away from where you are
Most of the sheep were grazing in the bottom field.
4.) bottom gear
the lowest ↑gear of a vehicle
bottom 3
bottom3 v
bottom out phr v
if a situation, price etc bottoms out, it stops getting worse or lower, usually before improving again
→↑level off/out
There are signs that the recession has bottomed out.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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