basis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n basis the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture"
    • n basis a relation that provides the foundation for something "they were on a friendly footing","he worked on an interim basis"
    • n basis the most important or necessary part of something "the basis of this drink is orange juice"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: McDonald restaurants serve food and drink to an amazing 43 million customers on a daily basis
    • Basis The foundation of anything; that on which a thing rests.
    • Basis The groundwork; the first or fundamental principle; that which supports. "The basis of public credit is good faith."
    • Basis The pedestal of a column, pillar, or statue. "If no basis bear my rising name."
    • Basis The principal component part of a thing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Nearly 400 cocoa beans are required to make a pound of chocolate liquor, the semi-liquid mass produced by grinding the beans. A non-alcoholic substance, chocolate liquor is the basis of all chocolate and cocoa products.
    • n basis The foundation of anything; that on which a thing stands or on which anything is reared; a foundation, groundwork, or supporting principle: now most commonly used of immaterial things.
    • n basis In architecture, same as base, 3.
    • n basis A pedestal.
    • n basis The principal constituent of a compound; a fundamental ingredient.
    • n basis Milit., same as base, 15
    • n basis In crystallography and petrography, same as basal plane (which see, under basal).
    • n basis In botany and conchology, same as base, 4.
    • n basis [NL.] In anatomy, the base; the fundamental or basilar part of anything: as, basis cranii, the base of the skull.
    • n basis In prosody, a trochee or its substitute preceding the dactyls of a logaœdic series. An apparent spondee or iambus, a long syllable of three times, or even a pyrrhic, tribrach, or anapest, may be used as a basis, and an anacrusis may be prefixed to it. The basis is sometimes double.
    • n basis Same as basipodite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Agen plum which would become the basis of the US prune industry was first planted in California in 1856.
    • n Basis bās′is the foundation, or that on which a thing rests: the pedestal of a column: the groundwork or first principle
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Quotations

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    “Leadership is not a position. You are not a leader because you have the title of manager. Leadership is something that we earn from followers on a day to day basis.”
  • Marques De Pombal
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    “The cultivation of literary pursuits forms the basis of all sciences, and in their perfection consist the reputation and prosperity of kingdoms.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “The basis of good manners is self-reliance.”
  • John F. Kennedy
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    “A man does what he must -- in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers -- and this is the basis of all human morality.”
  • Wilhelm Reich
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    “The pleasure of living and the pleasure of the orgasm are identical. Extreme orgasm anxiety forms the basis of the general fear of life.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. basis, Gr. ba`sis. See Base (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Base (1).

Usage

In literature:

One of the largest discoveries was made purely on a topographic basis.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
The latter is the basis and the ideal of the former.
"Progress and History" by Various
They began to talk of impeachment in 1866, but could find no basis for it.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
The monasteries adopted courses of study which, however incomplete, were efficiently carried out, and formed the basis of future courses.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
Mr. BROOKS: How exclude them, when Chinese are to be included in the basis of representation?
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
A chain of command is not created by the subdivision of the officer corps into grades on a basis of relative rank.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
All attempts to find some basis for their political unification, however, miscarried.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
Is popular sovereignty a practicable basis of personal freedom, or does it open an avenue to the tyranny of the mob?
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
The Instinctive Basis of Assimilation.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The quotations are on the pound and cents basis.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
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In poetry:

He who spread forth the arch of heaven,
And bade the planets roll,
Who laid the basis of the earth,
And form'd the human soul,—
"Hymn VI. Behold! th' Ambassador Divine" by John Logan
Their rock-bound cities, whose proud basis
Seemed all impervious to decay,
Time's mighty besum, that erases
The pride of man, has swept away.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
The virtuous mind Nor wave nor wind,
Nor civil rage, nor tyrant's frown,
The shaken ball, Nor planet's fall,
From its firm basis can dethrone.
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young
But will sincerity suffice?
It is indeed above all price,
And must be made the basis;
But every virtue of the soul
Must constitute the charming whole,
All shining in their places.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
To all the world I give my hand—
My heart is with that noble band,
The Washingtonian Brothers.
God speed and prosper every plan
Whose basis is the good of man,
But this before all others.
"Washingtonian Song" by John Pierpont
Some look'd at his hoofs, and with learned grimaces,
Pronounc'd that too long without shoes he had gone —
"Let the blacksmith provide him a sound metal basis
(The wise-acres said), and he's sure to jog on."
"The Donkey and His Panniers" by Thomas Moore

In news:

A federal judge yesterday threw out a federal scientific study that forms the basis for protecting the delta smelt in California's sprawling Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Cleansing the liver and gallbladder dramatically improves digestion, which is the basis of your whole health.
Gallup has suspended polling for its daily tracking as of Monday night and will reassess on a day-to-day basis.
The systems are available in standard sloped and ridge styles with all wiring built into framing channels, and are configured on a per-project basis.
Andy Geiger , the former athletic director at Ohio State University, will be paid $215,000 a year to take over on a limited-term basis the job of athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has confirmed that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) protects against discrimination on the basis of gender identity .
Novel Solutions for Scientists Researching the Genetic Basis of Human Diseases.
Her money will grow sluggishly at best, and perhaps not at all on an inflation-adjusted basis.
Susann Pinter, SIU Department of Geology Was there a scientific basis for the trances and visions of the Oracle of Delphi.
"Either geometry is innate but doesn't emerge until around age 7 or geometry is learned but must be acquired on the basis of general experiences with space, such as the ways our bodies move," Izard says.
The once-mighty triangle of publisher-audience-advertiser, long the basis for success in the media business, is now shaky.
New Hope Community Church will give away food baskets Monday on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 to 11 a.m.
Join Lynn Allen as she shows you how to use an image or a block as the basis for a hatch pattern using the powerful Express Tool SuperHatch.
On a daily basis, I champion the rights of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, but one right, to me, transcends all others, the Right to Vote.
MIDDLESEX — The basis of an environmental court appeal by neighbors of a proposed seven-bed psychiatric facility relates to town land-use regulations, and state officials plan to discuss the issue today.
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In science:

Clearly, a Groebner basis must have ‘small’ elements so that division is possible and every element of the ideal when divided by the Groebner basis elements leaves zero remainder, i.e. every element modulo the Groebner basis reduces to zero.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
If condition 2) is true with respect to one basis, then it is true with respect to every basis.
Quantum Hidden Subgroup Problems: A Mathematical Perspective
Kashiwara and Lusztig have discovered a distinguished basis of U − q (g) which pro jects onto a global crystal basis (Kashiwara) or canonical basis (Lusztig) of each simple finite-dimensional Uq (g)-module.
An algorithm for computing the global basis of an irreducible $U_{q}(sp_{2n})$-module
When q tends to 1 this basis yields in particular a canonical basis of the corresponding U (g)-module.
An algorithm for computing the global basis of an irreducible $U_{q}(sp_{2n})$-module
This basis is the specialization at q = 1 of the dual of the canonical basis.
An algorithm for computing the global basis of an irreducible $U_{q}(sp_{2n})$-module
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