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basis

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noun ba·sis \ˈbā-səs\

Simple Definition of basis

  • : something (such as an idea or set of ideas) from which another thing develops or can develop

  • : a reason for doing something

  • : a fixed pattern or system for doing something

Full Definition of basis

plural ba·ses play \-ˌsēz\

  1. 1 :  the bottom of something considered as its foundation

  2. 2 :  the principal component of something

  3. 3 a :  something on which something else is established or based b :  an underlying condition or state of affairs <hired on a trial basis> <on a first-name basis>

  4. 4 :  the basic principle

  5. 5 :  a set of linearly independent vectors in a vector space such that any vector in the vector space can be expressed as a linear combination of them with appropriately chosen coefficients

Examples of basis

  1. The company does not hire employees on the basis of their race, sex, age, or religion.

  2. <the sole basis for the rumor is someone's overactive imagination>



Origin of basis

Latin — more at base


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with basis



BASIS Defined for Kids

basis

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noun ba·sis \ˈbā-səs\

Definition of basis

plural ba·ses \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  something on which another thing is based or established :  foundation <The story has its basis in fact.>




Medical Dictionary

basis

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noun ba·sis \ˈbā-səs\

Medical Definition of basis

plural ba·ses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. 1:  any of various anatomical parts that function as a foundation

  2. 2:  base 2b





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