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English Dictionary: basis by the DICT Development Group
2 results for basis
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a relation that provides the foundation for something; "they were on a friendly footing"; "he worked on an interim basis"
    Synonym(s): footing, basis, 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"
    Synonym(s): basis, base, foundation, fundament, groundwork, cornerstone
  3. the most important or necessary part of something; "the basis of this drink is orange juice"
    Synonym(s): basis, base
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Basis \Ba"sis\, n.; pl. {Bases}. [L. basis, Gr. [?]. See {Base},
      1. The foundation of anything; that on which a thing rests.
      2. The pedestal of a column, pillar, or statue. [Obs.]
                     If no basis bear my rising name.         --Pope.
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