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English definition of “baseline”

baseline

noun [C usually singular]     /ˈbeɪs.laɪn/
a line on a sports field, such as the one in tennis, that marks the end of the playing area, or the one in baseball that marks the path along which players run: She delivered a final serve from the baseline to win the match.Tennis and racket sports an imaginary line used as a starting point for making comparisons: a baseline assessmentBeing based on or depending on something
(Definition of baseline noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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