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1[mass noun] Solid rock underlying loose deposits such as soil or alluvium.
substratum, substructure, understructure, solid foundation, base, basis, underpinning, bed, rock bedView synonyms
- ‘A shallow shaft was excavated to bedrock, followed by drilling and blasting.’
- ‘The hotel is built on an outcrop of bedrock - the only place in the area where the ground is not permafrost.’
- ‘Four of the five populations were growing in faulted crevices of bedrock associated with shoals.’
- ‘The plants were growing from several fissures in the mafic bedrock that underlies the creek.’
- ‘Erosion of the underlying bedrock appears to have been limited.’
- ‘Flat or slightly rolling terrain is the rule here, and thick soil deposits overlay Cretaceous shale bedrock.’
- ‘At the most basic a round barrow is simply a roughly hemispherical mound of soil, stone, and redeposited bedrock heaped over a central burial.’
- ‘Carbonate-rich Paleozoic bedrock characterizes the geology of the Mixedwood Plains.’
- ‘At the summit of the bluff is a small clearing with exposed slate bedrock, fractured by cracks and crevices.’
- ‘These prairies, like the Black Belt, have rich soils derived from calcareous bedrock.’
- ‘It also includes the air and water space above, and the subsoil and bedrock below that.’
- ‘Dams, sea walls, and levees must be founded on firm base material, preferably bedrock.’
- ‘Our first objective was to determine the extent to which bedrock and aspect affected soils of the Holyoke Range.’
- ‘All the stages are based on hard-packed bedrock so hopefully they shouldn't deteriorate too much.’
- ‘Built from reformed rock, the walls were solid, and as strong as bedrock.’
- ‘Surrounded by rivers, the allotted area consists of water-infused soil with no bedrock.’
- ‘Because of the ice cover over most of the continent, only a few sites are actually available at which bedrock is exposed at the surface.’
- ‘When it is spread close to a stream or on shallow soil over bedrock, what is the threat?’
- ‘Little of New Brunswick is underlain by bedrock suitable for the formation of solution caves.’
- ‘The greensand soil and chalky bedrock are similar to the soil found beneath the vineyards of the Champagne region, and are integral to its flavour.’
- 1.1 The fundamental principles on which something is based:‘honesty is the bedrock of a good relationship’
core, basis, base, foundation, root, roots, heart, backbone, essence, nitty-grittyView synonyms
- ‘These terms were to remain as the bedrock of his artistic principles even though his manner and procedures of painting were to change quite radically.’
- ‘Surely patient confidentiality is one of the bedrocks on which good medical practice is based.’
- ‘Give them a clear standard that is in accordance with the bedrock principles of our nation.’
- ‘Physics gave him a solid foundation, the bedrock for all his beliefs about the universe.’
- ‘We need cool heads, warm hearts and our bedrock values of fairness and equality to choose the right path.’
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