- bot|tom1 W3S1 [ˈbɔtəm US ˈba:-] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(lowest part)¦2¦(lowest side)¦3¦(lowest inner part)¦4¦(lowest social position/rank)¦5¦(ocean/river)¦6¦(body)¦7¦(clothes)¦8¦(furthest part)¦9 get to the bottom of something10 be/lie at the bottom of something11 be at/hit/reach rock bottom12 from the bottom of your heart13 the bottom drops/falls out of the market14 bottoms up!15 big-bottomed/round-bottomed etc16 at bottom▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: botm]1.) ¦(LOWEST PART)¦the bottomthe 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 objectthe 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 containerat/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.4.) ¦(LOWEST SOCIAL POSITION/RANK)¦the bottomthe 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.5.) ¦(OCEAN/RIVER)¦the bottomthe ground under a sea, river etc, or the flat land in a valleythe 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 bottom6.) ¦(BODY)¦the part of your body that you sit on= ↑backside▪ 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 bottom8.) ¦(FURTHEST PART)¦the bottom of a road/garden etcespecially 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 sthto find out the cause of a problem or situation▪ I never got to the bottom of this!10.) be/lie at the bottom of sthto 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 bottoma) 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 heartin a very sincere way▪ Thank you from the bottom of my heart.13.) the bottom drops/falls out of the marketwhen people stop buying a particular product, so that the people who sell it can no longer make any money14.) bottoms up!spoken used to tell someone to enjoy or finish their alcoholic drink15.) big-bottomed/round-bottomed etchaving a bottom or base that is big, round etc16.) at bottomformal the way a person or situation really is, although they may seem different▪ She's a good kind person at bottom.→↑top→you can bet your bottom dollar at ↑bet1 (4), knock the bottom out of at ↑knock1 (25), from top to bottom at ↑top1 (21), the bottom of the list at ↑list1 (2), scrape the bottom of the barrel at ↑scrape1 (5)bottom 2bottom2 W3S1 adj1.) [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 page2.) [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 gearthe lowest ↑gear of a vehiclebottom 3bottom3 vbottom out phr vif 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.