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Anything used for comparison. For example, a company that wishes to determine whether its profits are increasing or decreasing may compare them to a previous year's profits. In this case, the previous year's profits are considered the base line. A baseline is also called a base. See also: Benchmark, Base currency.


East-west lines in the public land survey system, part of the baseline and meridian line components. Each principal meridian has a baseline. Properties in the principal meridian's area are described by their bearing east or west of the meridian and north or south of the baseline.

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Stay cognizant of how the Cost Base and energy code baselines differ, and how priorities will reconcile budget constraints and energy
The baseline for comparing mechanical system options should include the glazing and lighting upgrades.
To identify the most cost-effective window, comparison to the code baseline appears to make sense.
Every product can show significant fluctuations on a weekly basis in the baseline volume without any change in retail pricing.
Baseline volume shows the strength of a brand or category.
4) The multiyear baselines for the mid-1980s tell a story that is not revealed in the actual spending levels, however.
It is very likely that the projection of force contained in the multiyear defense baselines of FY 1983-85 played a role in the collapse of the USSR.
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