American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A foundation upon which something rests.
- n. The chief constituent; the fundamental ingredient: The basis for most liquids is water.
- n. The fundamental principle.
- n. A pattern or schedule for proceeding: on a weekly basis.
- n. A condition for relating or proceeding: a first-name basis; a friendly basis. See Synonyms at base1.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The foundation of anything; that on which a thing stands or on which anything is reared; a foundation, groundwork, or supporting principle: now most commonly used of immaterial things.
- n. In architecture, same as base, 3.
- n. A pedestal.
- n. The principal constituent of a compound; a fundamental ingredient.
- n. Milit., same as base, 15
- n. . In crystallography and petrography, same as basal plane (which see, under basal).
- n. In botany and conchology, same as base, 4.
- n. [NL.] In anatomy, the base; the fundamental or basilar part of anything: as, basis cranii, the base of the skull.
- n. In prosody, a trochee or its substitute preceding the dactyls of a logaœdic series. An apparent spondee or iambus, a long syllable of three times, or even a pyrrhic, tribrach, or anapest, may be used as a basis, and an anacrusis may be prefixed to it. The basis is sometimes double.
- n. Same as basipodite.
- n. A starting point, base or foundation for an argument or hypothesis.
- n. An underlying condition or circumstance.
- n. regular frequency
- n. linear algebra In a vector space, a linearly independent set of vectors spanning the whole vector space.
- n. accounting Amount paid for an investment, including commissions and other expenses.
- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The foundation of anything; that on which a thing rests.
- n. obsolete The pedestal of a column, pillar, or statue.
- n. The groundwork; the first or fundamental principle; that which supports.
- n. The principal component part of a thing.
- n. the most important or necessary part of something
- n. the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained
- n. a relation that provides the foundation for something
- From Latin basis, from Ancient Greek βάσις (basis). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin, from Greek; see gwā- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“• Trading margin of 13. 5%; up 155 bps on a constant currency basis and 160 bps on an actual currency basis*”
“But in bond-market commentary, the term basis point is permissible.”
“Guus Hiddink stepped in to manage Chelsea on a short term basis - and won the FA Cup for them in 2009.”
“But if the effect, on a long term basis, is to force return to take into account risk, and properly price it for all players, then capital will flee the sector and threaten, perhaps, to put financial firms out of business only insofar as capital wants to take greater risks for greater returns in other asset classes and investment opportunities.”
“Another basis is a state or local law or even the school code of conduct.”
“Every other basis is a sort of sentimental confusion, full of merely verbal echoes of the older creeds.”
“On a medium-term basis, which is how you typically view valuation, nearly all of the indicators suggest that the euro is still overvalued," said Lauren Rosborough,”
“On a medium-term basis, which is how you typically view valuation, nearly all of the indicators suggest that the euro is still overvalued," said Lauren Rosborough, a senior currency analyst at Westpac Banking in London.”
“Most Libyan oil is sold on a term basis, including to the country's Oilinvest marketing network in Europe; to companies like Agip, OMV, Repsol YPF, Tupras, CEPSA, and Total; and small volumes to Asian and South African companies.”
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