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ˈbeɪ sɪsba·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. footing, basis, groundnoun

    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, cornerstonenoun

    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, basenoun

    the most important or necessary part of something

    "the basis of this drink is orange juice"


  1. basisnoun

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

  2. basisnoun

    An underlying condition or circumstance.

  3. basisnoun

    regular frequency

  4. basisnoun

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

  5. basisnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Basisnoun

    Etymology: basis, Lat.

    It must follow, that paradise, being raised to this height, must have the compass of the whole earth for a basis and foundation. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Ascend my chariot, guide the rapid wheels
    That shake heav’n’s basis. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vi.

    In altar-wise a stately pile they rear;
    The basis broad below, and top advanc’d in air. Dryden.

    Upon our coming to the bottom, observing an English inscription upon the basis, we read it over several times. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 47.

    Such seems thy gentle height, made only proud
    To be the basis of that pompous load,
    Than which a nobler weight no mountain bears. John Denham.

    How many times shall Cæsar bleed in sport,
    That now on Pompey’s basis lies along
    No worthier than the dust? William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Build me thy fortune upon the basis of valour. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    The friendships of the world are oft
    Confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasure;
    Ours has severest virtue for its basis. Joseph Addison, Cato.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Basisnoun

    the foundation of anything; that on which a thing rests

  2. Basisnoun

    the pedestal of a column, pillar, or statue

  3. Basisnoun

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

  4. Basisnoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Basis

    bās′is, n. the foundation, or that on which a thing rests: the pedestal of a column: the groundwork or first principle:—pl. Bas′es. [See Base (1).]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. basis

    See BASE.

Editors Contribution

  1. basis

    The fundamental reason to exist.

    The basis for the decision was just.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 8, 2020  

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  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 for basis »

  1. isbas

  2. absis

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of basis in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of basis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of basis in a Sentence

  1. Yulia Alekseeva:

    Humanitarian corridors must work today. Mariupol and Volnovakha. To save people. Women, children, the elderly. To give food and medicine to those who remain. there are catastrophically few in the city. We also have a grandmother with dementia who needs diapers and medicines on an ongoing basis, which are also not available.

  2. Trygve Munthe:

    If this drags out over time, we think the Middle East is the only producing region with an ability to ramp up production on a more sustained basis.

  3. Anthony Chan:

    In general terms, we have a trade skirmish not a trade war, longer term, we believe these trade issues will be resolved but on a day-to-day basis they lead to some consternation from investors.

  4. Wang Yi:

    The Nansha islands are China's territory. In this regard, China possesses ample historical and legal basis.

  5. Ken Odeluga:

    It's getting a bit more real for markets now, it's more difficult to dismiss this on the basis that ... little has happened in real terms.

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    the reduction of expenditures in order to become financially stable
    • A. rateables
    • B. match
    • C. downsizing
    • D. plantation

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