Definition of Basis

1. Noun. A relation that provides the foundation for something. "He worked on an interim basis"

Exact synonyms: Footing, Ground
Generic synonyms: Foundation
Specialized synonyms: Common Ground

2. Noun. The fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained. "The whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
Exact synonyms: Base, Cornerstone, Foundation, Fundament, Groundwork
Group relationships: Explanation
Specialized synonyms: Meat And Potatoes
Generic synonyms: Assumption, Supposal, Supposition
Derivative terms: Basal, Base, Found

3. Noun. The most important or necessary part of something. "The basis of this drink is orange juice"
Exact synonyms: Base
Generic synonyms: Component, Component Part, Constituent, Part, Portion

Definition of Basis

1. n. The foundation of anything; that on which a thing rests.

Definition of Basis

1. Noun. A starting point, base or foundation for an argument or hypothesis. ¹

2. Noun. An underlying condition or circumstance. ¹

3. Noun. regular frequency ¹

4. Noun. (linear algebra) In a vector space, a linearly independent set of vectors spanning the whole vector space. ¹

5. Noun. (accounting) Amount paid for an investment, including commissions and other expenses. ¹

6. Noun. (topology) A collection of subsets ("basis elements") of a set, such that this collection covers the set, and for any two basis elements which both contain an element of the set, there is a third basis element contained in the intersection of the first two, which also contains that element. ¹

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Definition of Basis

1. the foundation of something [n BASES]

Medical Definition of Basis

1. Synonym: base. Origin: L. And G. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Basis

basis (current term)
basis cartilaginis arytenoideae
basis cerebri
basis cochleae
basis cordis
basis cranii
basis cranii externa
basis cranii interna
basis mandibulae
basis modioli
basis ossis metacarpalis
basis ossis metatarsalis
basis ossis sacri
basis patellae
basis pedunculi

Literary usage of Basis

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1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"The carbon Is and 2s orbitals were constructed from a basis set of five Gaussians having a values 0.32, 1.6, 8.0, 40.0, and 200.0.u After the best ..."

2. The Philosophy of History by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, John Sibree (1900)
"GEOGRAPHICAL basis OF HISTORY Contrasted with the universality of the moral Whole and with the unity of that individuality which is its active principle, ..."

3. The Philosophy of Arithmetic as Developed from the Three Fundamental by Edward Brooks (1880)
"THE basis OF THE SCALE OF NUMERATION. THE basis of our scale of numeration and notation is dec. imal. This basis is not essential, but accidental. ..."

4. Transactions by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1916)
"1477 A basis FOR RATIONAL DESIGN OF HEAT TRANSFER APPARATUS By EE Wilson,1 New York, NY Non-Member An examination of the literature on the subject of heat ..."

5. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1893)
"It aims at giving the psychological basis of the most fundamental principles of the varions systems, and substituting for the mysticisms of the old ..."

6. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle, Frank Hesketh Peters (1886)
"Throughout this chapter we arc concerned with the practical intellect alone. He has already stated in cap. 6 that the intuitive reason is the basis of tlio ..."

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