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Baseline

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.

baseline

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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At the very same time that baseline manipulation was playing a large (albeit underappreciated) role in the fiscal cliff mess, it also featured in another fiscal debate dividing Washington: the long-term course of the federal budget.
Obviously, this InSAR geometric model is established in range-height plane of master satellite and can be applied in the system without along-track baseline effectively, such as bio-antenna system.
The energy code baseline has a packaged variable air-volume system serving each floor.
In fresh foods, seasonality, impulse purchase rate and product usage within individual categories have a significant impact on baseline and incremental volume levels.
Baseline will operate as a separate unit and will report to Vivian Schiller, senior vice president and general manager of NYTimes.
An additional use for the well-documented baseline is continuity--a valued commodity where there is high personnel turnover.
Short-term benefits of supplementation have been noted in other studies, but "may be explained by a combination of older age, increased frailty, and significantly lower baseline 25-OHD levels in their participants," they observed.
At the beginning of Year 2, 72% of students from the Year 1 cohort had reenrolled, compared to 66% of LTS students from a comparable cohort from the baseline year--an indicator that the program helped students return to school.
Contracts must be written to allow for a moving baseline.
The BaseLine 11 is suitable for duties such as milk cooling, milk/cream pasteurization, beer cooling, CIP heating, water heating/cooling, glycol cooling and treatment of clarified juices, drinks, wine, clarified fruit juice sugar concentrate, vegetable oil and low viscosity food products.
The Power over Ethernet in the Baseline Plus Switch drives power to the new PoE OfficeConnect wireless access points and 3Com advanced IP telephones.
Department of Energy (DOE), this project removed all constraints but two: (1) not the most advanced design, but a known quantity, the frame had to replace the baseline frame (from a Ford Expedition/Lincoln Navigator) without major assembly and packaging issues, and (2) it had to do so for a minimal increase in cost.