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at the bottom Explained

At the bottom at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Bottom \Bot"tom\ (b[o^]t"t[u^]m), n. [OE. botum, botme, AS.
botm; akin to OS. bodom, D. bodem, OHG. podam, G. boden,
Icel. botn, Sw. botten, Dan. bund (for budn), L. fundus (for
fudnus), Gr. pyqmh`n (for fyqmh`n), Skr. budhna (for
bhudhna), and Ir. bonn sole of the foot, W. bon stem, base.
[root]257. Cf. 4th {Found}, {Fund}, n.]
1. The lowest part of anything; the foot; as, the bottom of a
tree or well; the bottom of a hill, a lane, or a page.

Or dive into the bottom of the deep. --Shak.

2. The part of anything which is beneath the contents and
supports them, as the part of a chair on which a person
sits, the circular base or lower head of a cask or tub, or
the plank floor of a ship's hold; the under surface.

Barrels with the bottom knocked out. --Macaulay.

No two chairs were alike; such high backs and low
backs and leather bottoms and worsted bottoms. --W.

3. That upon which anything rests or is founded, in a literal
or a figurative sense; foundation; groundwork.

4. The bed of a body of water, as of a river, lake, sea.

5. The fundament; the buttocks.

6. An abyss. [Obs.] --Dryden.

7. Low land formed by alluvial deposits along a river;
low-lying ground; a dale; a valley. ``The bottoms and the
high grounds.'' --Stoddard.

8. (Naut.) The part of a ship which is ordinarily under
water; hence, the vessel itself; a ship.

My ventures are not in one bottom trusted. --Shak.

Not to sell the teas, but to return them to London
in the same bottoms in which they were shipped.

{Full bottom}, a hull of such shape as permits carrying a
large amount of merchandise.

9. Power of endurance; as, a horse of a good bottom.

10. Dregs or grounds; lees; sediment. --Johnson.

{At bottom}, {At the bottom}, at the foundation or basis; in
reality. ``He was at the bottom a good man.'' --J. F.

{To be at the bottom of}, to be the cause or originator of;
to be the source of. [Usually in an opprobrious sense.]
--J. H. Newman.

He was at the bottom of many excellent counsels.

{To go to the bottom}, to sink; esp. to be wrecked.

{To touch bottom}, to reach the lowest point; to find
something on which to rest.