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base·ment

(bās'ment),
1. Synonym(s): base (1)
2. A cavity or space partly or completely separated from a larger space above it.
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base·ment

(bās'mĕnt)
1. Synonym(s): base (1) .
2. A cavity or space partly or completely separated from a larger space above it.
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Then, when we asked them what were their intentions, the master replied that he had forty charges to fire, and that he and his lackey would fire to the last one before he would allow a single soul of us to set foot in the cellar. Upon this I went and complained to the governor, who replied that I only had what I deserved, and that it would teach me to insult honorable gentlemen who took up their abode in my house."
"So from that time, monsieur," continued the latter, "we have led the most miserable life imaginable; for you must know, monsieur, that all our provisions are in the cellar. There is our wine in bottles, and our wine in casks; the beer, the oil, and the spices, the bacon, and sausages.
Presently, with an abrupt click, it gripped something--I thought it had me!--and seemed to go out of the cellar again.
While I was still doubtful, it rapped smartly against the cellar door and closed it.
At length, for the third or fourth time, they descended into the cellar. I quivered not in a muscle.
With these words, he folded his arms again; and frowning with a sullen majesty, passed with his companion through a little door at the upper end of the cellar, and disappeared; leaving Stagg to his private meditations.
They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar. What if an equal ado were made about the ornaments of style in literature, and the architects of our bibles spent as much time about their cornices as the architects of our churches do?
He had run up against the ghost on the little staircase, by the footlights, which leads to "the cellars." He had seen him for a second-- for the ghost had fled--and to any one who cared to listen to him he said:
So I left the poor child on her knees in that vile cellar, white face and straining hands uplifted to the foul ceiling, sweet lips quivering with prayer, eyelids reverently lowered, and the swift tears flowing from beneath them, all in the yellow light of the lantern that stood burning by her side.
We are at present, Doctor--as no doubt you have divined--in the cellar of the City branch of one of the principal London banks.
The Emperor sees with regret that the picked soldiers appointed to guard his person, who should set an example of discipline, carry disobedience to such a point that they break into the cellars and stores containing army supplies.
The rooms were dried by steam; the cellars were stocked; the manager collected round him his army of skilled servants; and the new hotel was advertised all over Europe to open in October.