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1 a relation that provides the foundation for something; "they were on a friendly footing"; "he worked on an interim basis" [syn: footing, ground]
2 the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture" [syn: base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone]
3 the most important or necessary part of something; "the basis of this drink is orange juice" [syn: base]

User Contributed Dictionary




From βάσις (basis)


  1. A starting point, base or foundation for an argument or hypothesis.
  2. An underlying condition or circumstance.
  3. In a vector space, a linearly independent set of vectors spanning the whole vector space.
  4. Amount paid for an investment, including commissions and other expenses.

Derived terms


starting point for an argument
underlying condition
  • Dutch: basis
  • Finnish: perusta
  • German: Basis, Grundlage
  • Italian: base
  • Korean: 밑바탕 (mitbatang)
linearly independent set of vectors
  • Danish: basis
  • Dutch: basis
  • Finnish: kanta
  • German: Basis
  • Italian: base
  • Russian: базис
  • Swedish: bas
what was paid for an investment




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Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Basis may refer to In mathematics:
In chemistry:
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See also

basis in German: Basis
basis in French: Base
basis in Finnish: Kanta
basis in Dutch: Bass

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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