# Base vs. Location: What's the Difference?

Edited by Harlon Moss || By Janet White || Published on November 6, 2023
Base typically refers to a foundational point or place of operation, while Location refers to a particular place or position.

## Key Differences

Base often refers to the main center or starting point of something, where activities or operations begin and often return. Location, on the other hand, generally speaks to a specific place or position, regardless of its activity or significance.
In military terms, a Base is a secured area where troops are stationed or from where operations are directed. A Location in the same context might refer to any given point on a map, which could be a target, a rendezvous point, or simply a reference.
Base can also refer to the underlying or supporting part of something, such as the base of a statue. A Location might describe where that statue stands, be it in a park, a museum, or a town square.
In a chemical context, a Base is a substance that can accept protons or donate a pair of electrons. In contrast, Location in the lab would point to where a particular chemical or apparatus is placed or found.
Sports offer another comparison: in baseball, a Base is one of the four points that a player aims to reach safely. The Location would describe where on the field that base is situated, such as first base being on the right side from the batter's perspective.

## Comparison Chart

### Grammatical Use

Often used as a noun.
Primarily used as a noun but can also be used as a verb in some contexts.

### Contextual Role

Indicates a starting point or foundational element.
Denotes a specific point or area in space.

### In Mathematics

Refers to the number that gets raised to an exponent.
Not typically used in mathematical context.

### Synonyms

Foundation, root, core, mainstay.
Place, position, site, spot, area.

### Antonyms

Top, peak.
Nowhere, absence.

## Base and Location Definitions

#### Base

An underlying substance or layer.
The base of the paint was a rich primer.

#### Location

A particular place or position.
The location of the treasure was marked on the map.

#### Base

A main ingredient to which other things are added.
The soup’s base was a flavorful chicken broth.

#### Location

A setting or backdrop for a film or photo shoot.
The beach was the perfect location for the movie scene.

#### Base

The lowest or bottom part
The base of a cliff.
The base of a lamp.

#### Location

A point in computer memory where data is stored.
The program saves data to a specific location on the drive.

#### Base

The part of a plant or animal organ that is nearest to its point of attachment.

#### Location

A place where a business or organization operates.
The store has a new location downtown.

#### Base

The point of attachment of such an organ.

#### Location

The act of locating or positioning.
The location of the missing item took hours.

#### Base

A supporting part or layer; a foundation
A skyscraper built on a base of solid rock.

#### Location

The act or process of locating
Location of the lost hikers took two days.

#### Base

A basic or underlying element; infrastructure
The nation's industrial base.

#### Location

A place where something is or could be located; a site.

#### Base

The fundamental principle or underlying concept of a system or theory; a basis.

#### Location

A site away from a studio at which part or all of a movie is shot
Filming a Western on location in the Mexican desert.

#### Base

A fundamental ingredient; a chief constituent
A paint with an oil base.

#### Location

A tract of land that has been surveyed and marked off.

#### Base

The fact, observation, or premise from which a reasoning process is begun.

#### Location

A particular point or place in physical space.

#### Base

(Games) A starting point, safety area, or goal.

#### Location

An act of locating.

#### Base

(Baseball) Any one of the four corners of an infield, marked by a bag or plate, that must be touched by a runner before a run can be scored.

#### Location

(South Africa) An apartheid-era urban area populated by non-white people; township.

#### Base

A center of organization, supply, or activity; a headquarters.

#### Location

(legal) A leasing on rent.

#### Base

The portion of a social organization, especially a political party, consisting of the most dedicated or motivated members.

#### Location

A contract for the use of a thing, or service of a person, for hire.

#### Base

A fortified center of operations.

#### Location

The marking out of the boundaries, or identifying the place or site of, a piece of land, according to the description given in an entry, plan, map, etc

#### Base

A supply center for a large force of military personnel.

#### Location

(Kenya) An administrative region in Kenya, below counties and subcounties, and further divided into sublocations.

#### Base

A facial cosmetic used to even out the complexion or provide a surface for other makeup; a foundation.

#### Location

The act or process of locating.

#### Base

(Architecture) The lowest part of a structure, such as a wall, considered as a separate unit
The base of a column.

#### Location

Situation; place; locality.

#### Base

(Heraldry) The lower part of a shield.

#### Location

That which is located; a tract of land designated in place.

#### Base

(Linguistics) A morpheme or morphemes regarded as a form to which affixes or other bases may be added.

#### Location

A leasing on rent.

#### Base

The side or face of a geometric figure to which an altitude is or is thought to be drawn.

#### Location

A point or extent in space

#### Base

The number that is raised to various powers to generate the principal counting units of a number system. The base of the decimal system, for example, is 10.

#### Location

The act of putting something in a certain place or location

#### Base

The number raised to the logarithm of a designated number in order to produce that designated number; the number at which a chosen logarithmic scale has the value 1.

#### Location

A determination of the location of something;
He got a good fix on the target

#### Base

A line used as a reference for measurement or computations.

#### Base

Any of a class of compounds whose aqueous solutions are characterized by a bitter taste, a slippery feel, the ability to turn litmus blue, and the ability to react with acids to form salts.

#### Base

A substance that yields hydroxide ions when dissolved in water.

#### Base

A substance that can act as a proton acceptor.

#### Base

A substance that can donate a pair of electrons to form a covalent bond.

#### Base

The region in a transistor between the emitter and the collector.

#### Base

The electrode attached to this region.

#### Base

One of the nitrogen-containing purines (adenine and guanine) or pyrimidines (cytosine, thymine, and uracil) that occurs attached to the sugar component of DNA or RNA.

#### Base

A bass singer or voice.

#### Base

Forming or serving as a base
A base layer of soil.

#### Base

Situated at or near the base or bottom
A base camp for the mountain climbers.

#### Base

(Chemistry) Of, relating to, or containing a base.

#### Base

Having or showing a lack of decency; contemptible, mean-spirited, or selfish.

#### Base

Being a metal that is of little value.

#### Base

Containing such metals
Base coins.

#### Base

(Archaic) Of low birth, rank, or position.

#### Base

(Obsolete) Short in stature.

#### Base

To form or provide a base for
Based the new company in Portland.

#### Base

To find a basis for; establish
Based her conclusions on the report.
A film based on a best-selling novel.

#### Base

To assign to a base; station
Troops based in the Middle East.

#### Base

Something from which other things extend; a foundation.

#### Base

A supporting, lower or bottom component of a structure or object.

#### Base

The starting point of a logical deduction or thought; basis.

#### Base

A permanent structure for housing military personnel and material.

#### Base

A basic but essential component or ingredient.

#### Base

A substance used as a mordant in dyeing.

#### Base

(cosmetics) Foundation: a cosmetic cream to make the face appear uniform.

#### Base

(chemistry) Any of a class of generally water-soluble compounds, having bitter taste, that turn red litmus blue, and react with acids to form salts.

#### Base

Important areas in games and sports.

#### Base

A safe zone in the children's games of tag and hide-and-go-seek.

#### Base

(baseball) One of the four places that a runner can stand without being subject to being tagged out when the ball is in play.

#### Base

(architecture) The lowermost part of a column, between the shaft and the pedestal or pavement.

#### Base

A nucleotide's nucleobase in the context of a DNA or RNA biopolymer.

#### Base

(botany) The end of a leaf, petal or similar organ where it is attached to its support.

#### Base

(electronics) The name of the controlling terminal of a bipolar transistor (BJT).

#### Base

(geometry) The lowest side of a triangle or other polygon, or the lowest face of a cone, pyramid or other polyhedron laid flat.

#### Base

(heraldry) The lowest third of a shield or escutcheon.

#### Base

(heraldry) The lower part of the field. See escutcheon.

#### Base

(mathematics) A number raised to the power of an exponent.
The logarithm to base 2 of 8 is 3.

#### Base

(topology) The set of sets from which a topology is generated.

#### Base

(topology) A topological space, looked at in relation to one of its covering spaces, fibrations, or bundles.

#### Base

(group theory) A sequence of elements not jointly stabilized by any nontrivial group element.

#### Base

In hand-to-hand balance, the person who supports the flyer; the person that remains in contact with the ground.

#### Base

(linguistics) A morpheme (or morphemes) that serves as a basic foundation on which affixes can be attached.

(music) bass

#### Base

The smallest kind of cannon.

#### Base

(archaic) The housing of a horse.

#### Base

A kind of skirt (often of velvet or brocade, but sometimes of mail or other armour) which hung from the middle to about the knees, or lower.

#### Base

(obsolete) The lower part of a robe or petticoat.

#### Base

(obsolete) An apron.

#### Base

A line in a survey which, being accurately determined in length and position, serves as the origin from which to compute the distances and positions of any points or objects connected with it by a system of triangles.

#### Base

(politics) A group of voters who almost always support a single party's candidates for elected office.

#### Base

(Marxism) The forces and relations of production that produce the necessities and amenities of life.

#### Base

A material that holds paint or other materials together; a binder.

#### Base

(aviation) base leg

#### Base

(slang) freebase cocaine

#### Base

The game of prisoners' bars.

#### Base

Alternative form of BASE

#### Base

(transitive) To give as its foundation or starting point; to lay the foundation of.

#### Base

(transitive) To be located (at a particular place).

#### Base

To act as a base; to be the person supporting the flyer.

#### Base

(slang) To freebase.

#### Base

(obsolete) Low in height; short.

#### Base

Low in place or position.

#### Base

(obsolete) Of low value or degree.

#### Base

(archaic) Of low social standing or rank; vulgar, common.

#### Base

Morally reprehensible, immoral; cowardly.

#### Base

Inferior; unworthy, of poor quality.

#### Base

(of a metal) Not considered precious or noble.

#### Base

Alloyed with inferior metal; debased.
Base coin
Base bullion

#### Base

(obsolete) Of illegitimate birth; bastard.

#### Base

Not classical or correct.

#### Base

Obsolete form of bass
The base tone of a violin

#### Base

(legal) Not held by honourable service.
A base estate is one held by services not honourable, or held by villenage. Such a tenure is called base, or low, and the tenant is a base tenant.

#### Base

Of little, or less than the usual, height; of low growth; as, base shrubs.

#### Base

Low in place or position.

#### Base

Of humble birth; or low degree; lowly; mean.

#### Base

Illegitimate by birth; bastard.
Why bastard? wherefore base?

#### Base

Of little comparative value, as metal inferior to gold and silver, the precious metals.

#### Base

Alloyed with inferior metal; debased; as, base coin; base bullion.

#### Base

Morally low. Hence: Low-minded; unworthy; without dignity of sentiment; ignoble; mean; illiberal; menial; as, a base fellow; base motives; base occupations.

#### Base

Not classical or correct.

#### Base

Deep or grave in sound; as, the base tone of a violin.

#### Base

Not held by honorable service; as, a base estate, one held by services not honorable; held by villenage. Such a tenure is called base, or low, and the tenant, a base tenant.

#### Base

The bottom of anything, considered as its support, or that on which something rests for support; the foundation; as, the base of a statue.

#### Base

Fig.: The fundamental or essential part of a thing; the essential principle; a groundwork.

#### Base

The lower part of a wall, pier, or column, when treated as a separate feature, usually in projection, or especially ornamented.

#### Base

That extremity of a leaf, fruit, etc., at which it is attached to its support.

#### Base

The positive, or non-acid component of a salt; a substance which, combined with an acid, neutralizes the latter and forms a salt; - applied also to the hydroxides of the positive elements or radicals, and to certain organic bodies resembling them in their property of forming salts with acids.

#### Base

The chief ingredient in a compound.

#### Base

A substance used as a mordant.

#### Base

The exterior side of the polygon, or that imaginary line which connects the salient angles of two adjacent bastions.

#### Base

The line or surface constituting that part of a figure on which it is supposed to stand.

#### Base

The number from which a mathematical table is constructed; as, the base of a system of logarithms.

#### Base

A low, or deep, sound. (Mus.) (a) The lowest part; the deepest male voice. (b) One who sings, or the instrument which plays, base.
The trebles squeak for fear, the bases roar.

#### Base

A place or tract of country, protected by fortifications, or by natural advantages, from which the operations of an army proceed, forward movements are made, supplies are furnished, etc.

#### Base

The smallest kind of cannon.

#### Base

That part of an organ by which it is attached to another more central organ.

#### Base

The basal plane of a crystal.

#### Base

The ground mass of a rock, especially if not distinctly crystalline.

#### Base

The lower part of the field. See Escutcheon.

#### Base

The housing of a horse.

#### Base

A kind of skirt (often of velvet or brocade, but sometimes of mailed armor) which hung from the middle to about the knees, or lower.

#### Base

The lower part of a robe or petticoat.

An apron.

#### Base

The point or line from which a start is made; a starting place or a goal in various games.
To their appointed base they went.

#### Base

A line in a survey which, being accurately determined in length and position, serves as the origin from which to compute the distances and positions of any points or objects connected with it by a system of triangles.

#### Base

A rustic play; - called also prisoner's base, prison base, or bars.

#### Base

Any one of the four bounds which mark the circuit of the infield.

#### Base

To put on a base or basis; to lay the foundation of; to found, as an argument or conclusion; - used with on or upon.

#### Base

To abase; to let, or cast, down; to lower.
If any . . . based his pike.

#### Base

To reduce the value of; to debase.
Metals which we can not base.

#### Base

Any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water;
Bases include oxides and hydroxides of metals and ammonia

#### Base

Installation from which a military force initiates operations;
The attack wiped out our forward bases

#### Base

Lowest support of a structure;
It was built on a base of solid rock
He stood at the foot of the tower

#### Base

Place that runner must touch before scoring;
He scrambled to get back to the bag

#### Base

(numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place;
10 is the radix of the decimal system

#### Base

The bottom or lowest part;
The base of the mountain

#### Base

(anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment;
The base of the skull

#### Base

A lower limit;
The government established a wage floor

#### Base

The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained;
The whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture

#### Base

A support or foundation;
The base of the lamp

#### Base

The bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed;
The base of the triangle

#### Base

The most important or necessary part of something;
The basis of this drink is orange juice

#### Base

The place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end

#### Base

An intensely anti-western terrorist network that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist group; has cells in more than 50 countries

#### Base

(linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed;
Thematic vowels are part of the stem

#### Base

The stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area;
The industrial base of Japan

#### Base

The principal ingredient of a mixture;
Glycerinated gelatin is used as a base for many ointments
He told the painter that he wanted a yellow base with just a hint of green
Everything she cooked seemed to have rice as the base

#### Base

A flat bottom on which something is intended to sit;
A tub should sit on its own base

#### Base

(electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector

#### Base

Use as a basis for; found on;
Base a claim on some observation

#### Base

Use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes

#### Base

Assign to a station

#### Base

Serving as or forming a base;
The painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats

#### Base

(used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal;
Base coins of aluminum
A base metal

#### Base

Of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense);
Baseborn wretches with dirty faces
Of humble (or lowly) birth

#### Base

Not adhering to ethical or moral principles;
Base and unpatriotic motives
A base, degrading way of life
Cheating is dishonorable
They considered colonialism immoral
Unethical practices in handling public funds

#### Base

Having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality;
That liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabble
Chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort
Something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics

Illegitimate

#### Base

Debased; not genuine;
An attempt to eliminate the base coinage

#### Base

The lowest part or edge of something.
The base of the mountain is dense with forests.

#### Base

A place of operations or headquarters.
The army set up a base in the desert.

#### Base

A number as a standard for exponentiation.
In the expression 2^3, 2 is the base.

## FAQs

#### What does Base mean in mathematics?

In mathematics, a Base refers to the number that gets raised to an exponent.

#### How is Location used in filmmaking?

In filmmaking, Location refers to a setting or backdrop for a particular scene or sequence.

#### Does Location always refer to a geographical place?

No, Location can also refer to a point in computer memory or a setting in a story or film.

#### Can Base refer to a place?

Yes, Base can refer to a place of operations or headquarters, such as a military base.

#### Is Base the same as foundation?

While both can refer to a supporting or starting point, foundation often implies the underlying structural support, while Base might refer more to a point of origin or operation.

#### Can Location be used as a verb?

Yes, Location can be used as a verb, especially in contexts like "locating" an object or place.

#### Can Base also refer to moral principles?

Yes, Base can refer to fundamental principles or values, though when used negatively, it can mean lacking moral principles.

#### How does a Base differ from a satellite office?

A Base typically refers to the main or central office, while a satellite office is a secondary office located elsewhere.

#### What is a Base in chemistry?

In chemistry, a Base is a substance that can accept protons or donate a pair of electrons.

#### What does it mean by the Location of a business?

The Location of a business refers to the physical place or address where it operates.

#### What is a Base rate in economics?

In economics, the Base rate is the interest rate set by a central bank from which other interest rates are derived.

#### Can Location determine a property's value?

Yes, Location is often a key factor in determining real estate values, as in "location, location, location."

#### Is Location always fixed?

Not always. While a Location can refer to a fixed point, it can also refer to a movable or temporary position.

#### How does Location play a role in business strategy?

Location can determine accessibility to customers, resources, and other factors crucial for business success.

#### Can Base be used in a figurative sense?

Yes, Base can be used figuratively to denote the main aspect or primary factor of something.

#### How is the word Location used in technology?

In technology, Location can refer to a specific point in computer memory or even a user's geographical position as detected by a device.

#### Can Base refer to a point in a game?

Yes, in games like baseball, Base refers to one of the points a player aims to reach.