I. noun Date: 1850 1. the solid rock underlying unconsolidated surface materials (as soil) 2. a. lowest point ; nadir b. basis II. adjective Date: 1894 solidly fundamental, basic, or reliable <
traditional bedrock values
a bedrock constituency

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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