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1A minimum or starting point used for comparisons.
- ‘This establishes a baseline for comparison after the test stimulation.’
- ‘Also required was an accurate baseline measurement so that the scale of the triangulation could be fixed precisely.’
- ‘The antioxidant nature of vitamin C makes it a popular vitamin for biomedical studies, so it provides a fair baseline for comparison.’
- ‘Winkenwerder said the questionnaire would provide a baseline for medical information about the troops.’
- ‘The fault-free case provided a baseline for comparison with the cases that reflect fault modes.’
- ‘Now in experimental areas in computer science I find that we are far from such a baseline expectation.’
- ‘It surely will be both the starting point and a baseline for numerous subsequent studies.’
- ‘An alternative to creating external baselines is to use comparisons of rates of stops and other behaviors among police officers to identify typical rates.’
- ‘The international standards used as baselines to certify security best practice are changing.’
- ‘There is no way that the results from this control group could provide a comparison or baseline for simple guessing.’
- ‘However, this study does provide a useful baseline for future comparison.’
- ‘The telephone numbers in the sampling frame were then randomized to produce a baseline data bank.’
- ‘Benchmarking is the process of establishing a baseline measurement for comparison.’
- ‘Perhaps, but at least Miller's methodology provides a baseline for comparison.’
- ‘We begin with the description of these bulk sites to establish a baseline for future comparisons.’
- ‘Projections also provide a baseline for comparison with drug use in subsequent years.’
- ‘All the estimates are subject to error, but they do provide a baseline for comparative purposes.’
- ‘The image is used as a baseline for comparison from year to year.’
- ‘Hopefully when we come back, we have a good baseline, or starting position.’
- ‘That requires constant path and point observations of the whole world all the time so that we have baselines for comparison.’
2(in tennis, volleyball, and other games) the line marking each end of a court.
- ‘He can also back up behind the baseline to get more distance from the defender.’
- ‘The Russian is quick around the court, consistent from the baseline but has little more to offer.’
- ‘In a tight game played almost entirely from the baseline, Dokic had a chance to take the first set when she held a break point at 4-4.’
- ‘If you go baseline to half court, have the kids face the same direction both ways.’
- ‘Help is on the way; Jackson hit about a dozen threes in a row from the baseline before the game.’
- ‘That play sends Hamilton scurrying across the court, then back along the baseline and up toward the free throw line.’
- ‘He is not as aggressive from the baseline as Agassi once was.’
- ‘Breaking Agassi by out rallying him from the baseline, he took his next service game to love.’
- ‘At the same time, the ballboys had to wipe the sweat from the baseline on Mirnyi's side of the court as his tormentor worked him into a lather.’
- ‘The line judges on the baseline and the tramline thought it was a winner, too, but Henman begged to differ.’
- ‘Out wide at the back of the court, Borg hits a top-spin forehand and scuttles back to the middle, to a spot a couple of feet behind the baseline.’
- ‘It's supposed to be 21 feet from the net to the service line and then 18 feet to the baseline.’
- ‘When they make it to you, they speed dribble back to their starting baseline and do it again.’
- ‘He decides to grab a seat along the baseline and wait for the game to end.’
- ‘He watched those games from the baseline underneath the basket with a level of intentness belying his youth.’
- ‘He can spin by defenders on the baseline, draw double-teams and hit midrange jumpers.’
- ‘The problem with this is that I am always playing about four feet behind the baseline.’
- ‘This is just a fun deal where you have all the kids line up on the baseline.’
- ‘She has an ally in Seles, the player whose double-fisted power game from the baseline provided the template for so many of the current crop.’
- ‘One line starts on the baseline near the threepoint line and one near the top of the key.’
The line between bases which a runner must stay close to when running.
- ‘If a runner goes beyond the extension of a fielder's outstretched arm, he is considered out of the baseline.’
- ‘For example, you can place a ball down the first baseline by aiming towards the base itself.’
- ‘In its upper reaches the stream and its banks are bare as the baseline from home plate to first base.’
- ‘With runners on first and second, the batter hits a slow roller between the pitcher's mound and the third baseline.’
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