A basement or cellar is one or more floors of a building that are either completely or partially below the ground floor. They are generally used as a utility space for a building where such items as the boiler, water heater, breaker panel or fuse box, car park, and air-conditioning system are located; so also are amenities such as the electrical distribution system, and cable television distribution point. However, in cities with high property prices such as London, basements are often fitted out to a high standard and used as living space.
In British English, the word basement is used for underground floors of, for example, department stores, but the word is only used with houses when the space below their ground floor is habitable, with windows and (usually) its own access. The word cellar or cellars is used to apply to the whole underground level or to any large underground room. A subcellar is a cellar that lies further underneath.
A floor of a building below ground level.
A mass of igneous or metamorphic rock forming the foundation over which a id=geology of sedimentary rocks is laid.
Last place in a sports conference standings.
An enclosed underground space, often under a building, used for storage or shelter.
A wine collection, especially when stored in a cellar.
Last place in a league or competition.
A small dish for holding salt.
To store in a cellar.
the floor of a building which is partly or entirely below ground level
“a basement flat”
“they went down the stairs into the basement”
the oldest formation of rocks underlying a particular area
a room below ground level in a house, often used for storing wine or coal
“the servants led us down into a cellar”
“a wine cellar”
a stock of wine
“he spent years building up a remarkable cellar of aged Riojas”
store (wine) in a cellar
“it is drinkable now but can be cellared for at least five years”