Definitions for basisˈbeɪ sɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ba•sis*ˈbeɪ sɪs(n.)(pl.)-ses

  1. a bottom or base; the part on which something stands or rests.

  2. anything upon which something is based; a fundamental principle.

  3. the principal constituent; fundamental ingredient.

  4. a basic fact, amount, standard, etc., used in making computations, reaching conclusions, or the like:

    to be paid on an hourly basis; to be chosen on the basis of merit.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* (-sēz).. Syn: See base1.

Origin of basis:

1525–35; < L < Gk básis step, place one stands on, pedestal =ba-, base of baínein to walk, step (akin to come ) +-sis -sis ; cf. base1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. footing, basis, ground(noun)

    a relation that provides the foundation for something

    "they were on a friendly footing"; "he worked on an interim basis"

  2. basis, base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone(noun)

    the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained

    "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"

  3. basis, base(noun)

    the most important or necessary part of something

    "the basis of this drink is orange juice"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. basis(noun)ˈbeɪ sɪs

    as a result of

    We made a decision on the basis of the evidence.

  2. basisˈbeɪ sɪs

    a fundamental idea or situation from which things develop

    a biological basis for mood changes; Freedom forms the basis of democracy.; the theory has no basis in science


  1. basis(Noun)

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

  2. basis(Noun)

    An underlying condition or circumstance.

  3. basis(Noun)

    regular frequency

  4. basis(Noun)

    In a vector space, a linearly independent set of vectors spanning the whole vector space.

  5. basis(Noun)

    Amount paid for an investment, including commissions and other expenses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Basis(noun)

    the foundation of anything; that on which a thing rests

  2. Basis(noun)

    the pedestal of a column, pillar, or statue

  3. Basis(noun)

    the ground work the first or fundamental principle; that which supports

  4. Basis(noun)

    the principal component part of a thing


  1. Basis

    In linear algebra, a basis is a set of linearly independent vectors that, in a linear combination, can represent every vector in a given vector space or free module, or, more simply put, which define a "coordinate system". In more general terms, a basis is a linearly independent spanning set. Given a basis of a vector space, every element of the vector space can be expressed uniquely as a finite linear combination of basis vectors, whose coefficients are referred to as vector components. Every vector space has a basis, and all bases of a vector space have the same number of elements, called the dimension of the vector space.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'basis' in Written Corpus Frequency: #854

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'basis' in Nouns Frequency: #284

Anagrams of basis

  1. absis

  2. isbas

Translations for basis

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


that on which a thing rests or is founded

This idea is the basis of my argument.

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