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basis

noun ba·sis \ˈbā-səs\

: 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

plural ba·ses \-ˌsēz\

Full Definition of BASIS

1
:  the bottom of something considered as its foundation
2
:  the principal component of something
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
:  the basic principle
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
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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

noun ba·sis \ˈbā-səs\
plural ba·ses \-ˌsēz\

Definition of BASIS for Kids

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

basis

noun ba·sis \ˈbā-səs\
plural ba·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of BASIS

1
:  any of various anatomical parts that function as a foundation
2
:  base 2b

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