from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A starting point, base or foundation for an argument or hypothesis.
- n. An underlying condition or circumstance.
- n. regular frequency
- n. In a vector space, a linearly independent set of vectors spanning the whole vector space.
- n. Amount paid for an investment, including commissions and other expenses.
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The foundation of anything; that on which a thing rests.
- n. 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.
from The 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.
- n. Same as basipodite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English, from Latin, from Greek; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin basis, from Ancient Greek βάσις (basis). (Wiktionary)