Pronunciation: (sub'bās"), [key]
1. Archit.the lowest part of a base, as of a column, that consists of two or more horizontal members.
2. Math.a collection of subsets of a topological space having the property that every open set of a given topology can be written as the union of intersections of finite numbers of sets in the collection. Cf. base 1 (def. 13b).
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