bottom ( bottoms plural & 3rd person present) ( bottoming present participle) ( bottomed past tense & past participle )
1 n-count Thebottomof something is the lowest or deepest part of it.
usu the N in sing, oft N of n (Antonym: top)
He sat at the bottom of the stairs..., Answers can be found at the bottom of page 8., ...the bottom of the sea.
2 adj The bottom thing or layer in a series of things or layers is the lowest one.
ADJ n (Antonym: top)
There's an extra duvet in the bottom drawer of the cupboard.
3 n-count Thebottomof an object is the flat surface at its lowest point. You can also refer to the inside or outside of this surface as the bottom.
usu the N in sing, usu with supp
Spread the onion slices on the bottom of the dish., ...the bottom of their shoes., ...a suitcase with a false bottom.
4 n-sing If you say that the bottom has dropped or fallen out of a market or industry, you mean that people have stopped buying the products it sells. (BUSINESS, JOURNALISM) the N
The bottom had fallen out of the city's property market.
5 n-sing The bottomof a street or garden is the end farthest away from you or from your house.
(BRIT) the N, usu N of n
...the Cathedral at the bottom of the street.
in AM, usually use end
6 n-sing The bottomof a table is the end farthest away from where you are sitting. The bottomof a bed is the end where you usually rest your feet.
(BRIT) the N, usu N of n
Malone sat down on the bottom of the bed.
in AM, usually use end
7 n-sing The bottomof an organization or career structure is the lowest level in it, where new employees often start.
the N, oft N of n (Antonym: top)
He had worked in the theatre for many years, starting at the bottom., ...a contract researcher at the bottom of the pay scale.
8 n-sing If someone is bottom or at the bottom in a survey, test, or league their performance is worse than that of all the other people involved.
the N, also no det (Antonym: top)
He was always bottom of the class..., The team is close to bottom of the League.
9 n-count Your bottom is the part of your body that you sit on.
oft poss N
If there was one thing she could change about her body it would be her bottom.
10 n-count The lower part of a bikini, tracksuit, or pair of pyjamas can be referred to as the bottoms or the bottom.
usu pl, oft n N (Antonym: top)
She wore blue tracksuit bottoms., ...a skimpy bikini bottom.
12 You use at bottom to emphasize that you are stating what you think is the real nature of something or the real truth about a situation.
at bottom phrase PHR with cl (emphasis)
The two systems are, at bottom, conceptual models..., At bottom, such an attitude is born not of concern for your welfare, but out of fear of losing you.
13 If something is at the bottom of a problem or unpleasant situation, it is the real cause of it.
at the bottom of sth phrase PHR n
Often I find that anger and resentment are at the bottom of the problem.
14 You can say that you mean something from the bottom of your heart to emphasize that you mean it very sincerely.
from the bottom of one's heart phrase heart inflects, PHR after v, PHR with cl (emphasis)
I'm happy, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart..., I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart.
15 If you want to get to the bottom of a problem, you want to solve it by finding out its real cause.
get to the bottom of sth phrase V inflects, PHR n
I have to get to the bottom of this mess.
to scrape the bottom of the barrel →
barrel bottom out phrasal verb If a trend such as a fall in prices bottoms out, it stops getting worse or decreasing, and remains at a particular level or amount. (JOURNALISM)
(=level out) He expects the recession to bottom out... V P
bottom line ( bottom lines plural )
1 n-count Thebottom line in a decision or situation is the most important factor that you have to consider.
usu sing, usu the N
The bottom line is that it's not profitable...
2 n-count The bottom line in a business deal is the least a person is willing to accept.
usu sing, usu poss N
She says £95,000 is her bottom line.
3 n-count The bottom line is the total amount of money that a company has made or lost over a particular period of time. (BUSINESS) oft poss N
...to force chief executives to look beyond the next quarter's bottom line.
rock bottom , rock-bottom
1 n-uncount If something has reached rock bottom, it is at such a low level that it cannot go any lower.
Morale in the armed forces was at rock bottom...
2 n-uncount If someone has reached rock bottom, they are in such a bad state or are so completely depressed that their situation could not get any worse.
She was at rock bottom. Her long-term love affair was breaking up and so was she.
3 adj A rock-bottom price or level is a very low one, mainly in advertisements.
usu ADJ n (approval)
What they do offer is a good product at a rock-bottom price.