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Definition of "basis" []

  • A foundation upon which something rests. (noun)
  • The chief constituent; the fundamental ingredient: The basis for most liquids is water. (noun)
  • The fundamental principle. (noun)
  • A pattern or schedule for proceeding: on a weekly basis. (noun)
  • A condition for relating or proceeding: a first-name basis; a friendly basis. See Synonyms at base1. (noun)
  • Something that underlies, supports, or is essential to something else, esp an abstract idea (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A principle on which something depends or from which something has issued (noun)
  • (of a vector space) a maximal set of linearly independent vectors, in terms of which all the elements of the space are uniquely expressible, and the number of which is the dimension of the space (noun)

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Use "basis" in a sentence
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  • "But in bond-market commentary, the term basis point is permissible."