From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbottombot‧tom1 /ˈbɒtəm $ ˈbɑː-/ ●●● S1 W3 noun 1 → the bottom2 lowest sideLOWEST SIDEBOTTOM [countable usually singular] the flat surface on the lowest side of an objectthe bottom of something What’s that on the bottom of your shoe?3 lowest inner partCUP/BOX ETCBOTTOM [countable usually singular] the lowest inner surface of something such as a containerat/in the bottom of something 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 → the bottom5 → the bottom6 bodyBODY [countable]HBH the part of your body that you sit on SYN backside I just sat on my bottom and slid down.7 clothesCLOTHES [countable usually plural]DCC the part of a set of clothes that you wear on the lower part of your body pyjama bottoms a blue bikini bottom8 → the bottom of a road/garden etc9 → 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 → top, → you can bet your bottom dollar at bet1(6), → knock the bottom out of at knock1(25), → from top to bottom at top1(22), → the bottom of the list at list1(2), → scrape the bottom of the barrel at scrape1(5)THESAURUSthe bottom the lowest part of somethingThe house is at the bottom of that hill.She scrolled down to the bottom of the screen.the underneath/the underside the bottom surface on the outside of somethingYou will find the serial number on the underneath of the vacuum cleaner.base the lowest part or the wide bottom part on which something standsThe lamp has a square base.He had broken a bone at the base of his spine.the foot literary the bottom of a tree, a hill, or some stairsThere was a small village at the foot of the mountain.bed the ground at the bottom of a river, a lake, or the seathe sea bedThey found some interesting stones on the river bed.the foundations the layer of cement and stones that forms the bottom of a buildingThe builders have begun laying the foundations for the house.
Examples from the Corpusbottom• the ocean bottom• pajama bottoms• They've got baggy pants with ripped bottoms.• However, these warnings frequently appear at the bottom of advertisements in the tiniest of print.• The transponder was released acoustically just after Alvin left the bottom for the last time in this area.• This means that a few get top marks, a big bunch get middling marks, and a few come near the bottom.• He pokes it through the bottom of the popcorn box they share.• Western spadefoot toads burrow into the wash bottom, emerging to produce another batch of mosquito larvae-eating tadpoles during the summer rains.• Did you fall on your bottom?the bottom of something• Similarly, the three icons at the bottom of the toolbox can be accessed via the Text and Graphics pull-down menus.• At the bottom of the garden his brethren of the cloth were submitting his character to a sustained and vicious mauling.• Faintly like the drowned from the bottom of a pool.• No more resonance than a quarter hitting the bottom of a Salvation Army Christmas kettle.• Mattie wiggled out of the bottom of her pajamas and dropped them on the floor.• It's also far more effective than planting in a layer of soil on the bottom of the pond.• The Belemnite chalk is less dense than the Montagne de Reims and turns sandy towards the bottom of its twenty-metre depth.at/in the bottom of something• The scale line now appears at the bottom of the screen.• A fence at the bottom of a flight of steps works as an effective safety measure for infirm walkers.• People at the bottom of the income ladder bear a minuscule percentage of the tax burden.• On Earth, the deposit of sedimentary rock at the bottom of the ocean is part of larger geological cycles.• The cabinet slammed full against the shape, pinning it down and jamming sideways at the bottom of the stairwell.• Uh, at the bottom of that list it will tell you how the King James translates that.• They had a little autonomous world at the bottom of the garden where, for a time, they could play. bottombottom2 ●●● S1 W3 adjective 1 BOTTOM[only before noun] in the lowest place or position OPP 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 LOW POSITION OR RANK[not before noun] the least important, successful etc OPP 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 British EnglishFAR in the place furthest away from where you are the bottom field4 → bottom gearCOLLOCATIONSnounsthe bottom drawer/shelfMy passport’s in the bottom drawer of my desk.the bottom stepJenna sat on the bottom step.the bottom cornerLook at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.the bottom rowThat’s me in the middle of the bottom row of the photograph.the bottom halfThere’s were only two windows in the bottom half of the building.the bottom rung (=of a ladder)I put my foot on the bottom rung and started to climb.somebody’s bottom lipHer bottom lip trembled and she started to cry.
Examples from the Corpusbottom• Tim is in the bottom 10% of his class.• She looked in the bottom drawer of the chest.• Upon arriving home, he noticed the sapling still had a pretty good root system on the bottom end.• The bottom layer of the cake is made of chocolate and strawberries.• The bottom line is that there is a serious problem.• Different viewpoints Ultimately, for promoters, agents, venues and artists, the bottom line is the bottom line.• Anything which does not contribute to the bottom line of national competitiveness-especially unpredictable commitments outside borders-should be avoided.• The bottom line on fat minimums is not yet clear.• You have some peanut butter on your bottom lip.• the bottom right-hand corner of the page• The lock snapped and the detective levered up the bottom section.• The book is on the bottom shelf.bottom ... corner• A prompt to appears in the bottom left corner. 2.• Maybe with a dollar sign embossed near the bottom corner.• Are the bottom corners bruised and in need of building up?• At the bottom left corner, I have drawn a simple two-colour pattern as shown in Figure 3.• The cargo's ultimate destination had been printed neatly in black pen in the bottom left-hand corner of the page.• The technique is easy, as you can see in the bottom right-hand corner of the picture.• Fold the phyllo, in flag fashion, from the left bottom corner up and over the filling to enclose the spinach.• Wrap the bottom corner with a couple of layers of masking tape to prevent the scraper from cutting the device.came bottom• I first looked to see where came bottom of the chart: Arosa.• In fact, he came bottom of the county's Championship bowling averages. he took only 26 wickets at 37.34.• A similar deal from Northern Rock, which came bottom of the list, cost £11,766.69. bottombottom3 verb → bottom out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusbottom• She believed that the motivation to lose weight could only come from people bottoming out emotionally.BottomBottom a humorous character who is changed into a donkey in Shakespeare’s play A midsummer night’s dreamFrom Longman Business Dictionarybottombot‧tom1 /ˈbɒtəmˈbɑː-/ noun [countable usually singular]1the lowest point, position, or levelHopefully, we are finally seeing the bottom of this recession.Short-term interest rates are now probably near their bottom.2hit/reach (rock) bottom to get to the lowest possible point, position, or level in price or performanceHe believes gold prices have hit bottom or are close to it.Thailand’s economic slowdown may have reached bottom and signs are some sectors are recovering.3the bottom drops/falls out of the market used to say that prices reach extremely low levels, with many businesses and people in financial difficultyThe recession came and the bottom dropped out of the market for luxury houses.The bottom fell out of the wool market and many farmers went bust.bottombottom2 verb → bottom out→ See Verb tableOrigin bottom1 Old English botm