- something that underlies, supports, or is essential to something else, esp an abstract idea
- a principle on which something depends or from which something has issued
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ba•sis /ˈbeɪsɪs/USA pronunciation n. [countable], pl. -ses (-sēz).WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- a bottom or base;
foundation:no basis for your opinion.
- See base1.
ba•sis (bā′sis),USA pronunciation n., pl. -ses (bā′sis),USA pronunciation
- the bottom or base of anything;
the part on which something stands or rests.
- anything upon which something is based;
- the principal constituent;
- a basic fact, amount, standard, etc., used in making computations, reaching conclusions, or the like:The nurse is paid on an hourly basis. He was chosen on the basis of his college grades.
- Mathematicsa set of linearly independent elements of a given vector space having the property that every element of the space can be written as a linear combination of the elements of the set.
- Greek básis step, place one stands on, pedestal, equivalent. to ba-, base of baínein to walk, step (akin to come) + -sis -sis; compare base1
- 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See base 1.
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basis /ˈbeɪsɪs/ n ( pl -ses /
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