Definitions of basis

  1. the fundamental assumptions underlying an explanation; " the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
  2. a relation that provides the foundation for something; " they were on a friendly footing" or" he worked on an interim basis"
  3. the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; " the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
  4. a relation that provides the foundation for something; " they were on a friendly footing"; " he worked on an interim basis"
  5. the most important or necessary part of something; " the basis of this drink is orange juice"
  6. See Base.
  7. The foundation of anything; that on which a thing rests.
  8. The pedestal of a column, pillar, or statue.
  9. The ground work the first or fundamental principle; that which supports.
  10. The principal component part of a thing.
  11. For income and capital gains tax purposes, the value that is used to determine profit or loss when property is sold. Often the basis is what you paid for the property, " adjusted" to reflect improvements made or damage incurred while you own the property. See stepped- up basis, carryover basis.
  12. A base or foundation; the groundwork or first principle of anything; the chief ingredient.
  13. Base, foundation.
  14. The foundation or that on which a thing rests: the pedestal of a column: the groundwork or first principle:- pl. BASES.
  15. A support; foundation; chief ingredient.
  16. The base or foundation of anything; the lowest part of a column; the ground- work, or first principle. See Base.
  17. The pedestal of a column; that on which anything is raised.

Usage examples for basis

  1. " 'The basis of love, gentlemen, ' I persisted, 'is respect. – Tales of the Road by Charles N. Crewdson
  2. It would completely change the basis of human society. – An Outline of Sexual Morality by Kenneth Ingram
  3. It had no well- considered basis – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  4. My ideas, and the basis of myself, or of my mind, appear but the same thing. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  5. Yet to him it seemed of the first importance that this matter, as a basis of future peace, should be settled between them, and settled at once. – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  6. But what again is a scientific basis – Natural Law in the Spiritual World by Henry Drummond
  7. His first study was to form a mind of his own on the basis of the best known principles. – Life and Character of Richard Carlile by George Jacob Holyoake
  8. You've got the business down on a safe basis now, and what's more, you've got the one woman who can run it." – Sally Dows and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  9. Is, perhaps, the basis of humour a kind of selfish security? – At Large by Arthur Christopher Benson
  10. Bentley had a suspicion about this particular ape, but he wouldn't know for a time yet whether his suspicion had a basis in fact. – The Mind Master by Arthur J. Burks
  11. Now these same clothes formed the basis of her system. – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
  12. If anything went wrong on that basis why, marrying would stop? – The Covered Wagon by Emerson Hough
  13. The basis of good singing is good speaking. – Seed Thoughts for Singers by Frank Herbert Tubbs
  14. But the basis is solid and the thing goes on. – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  15. The true basis of cheerfulness is love, hope, and patience. – Character by Samuel Smiles
  16. Here was a solid basis for the speculation. – The Story of Evolution by Joseph McCabe
  17. Will you go in on that basis – The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  18. Besides, the basis for such an establishment was not to be found at Wartensee. – Autobiography of Friedrich Froebel by Friedrich Froebel
  19. The only really scientific basis for a national system of education would be a full knowledge of the family history of each child. – The Task of Social Hygiene by Havelock Ellis
  20. I think it a good basis – Notes of a Son and Brother by Henry James