the bottom or base of anything; the part on which something stands or rests.
anything upon which something is based; fundamental principle; groundwork.
the principal constituent; fundamental ingredient.
a basic fact, amount, standard, etc., used in making computations, reaching conclusions, or the like: The nurse is paid on an hourly basis. He was chosen on the basis of his college grades.
Mathematics. a set of linearly independent elements of a given vector space having the property that every element of the space can be written as a linear combination of the elements of the set.
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How to use basis in a sentence
I don’t have advice to cancel the event on the basis that it’s unsafe.Novak Djokovic’s five-set battle at Australian Open started with fans and ended without them | Matt Bonesteel | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Michael breaks down music into 10 elements, which serve as the basis for each chapter.The tale of a bass player, sonic epiphanies and a quest to save ‘real music’ | Ben Ratliff | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
The neglect of students on the basis of race and income is long-standing and only addressing it will maximize latent talent, thereby benefiting all Americans.My great-grandmother Ida B. Wells left a legacy of activism in education. We need that now. | Michelle Duster | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Instead, it aimed to determine whether a particular hiring tool grossly discriminates against candidates on the basis of race or gender.Auditors are testing hiring algorithms for bias, but there’s no easy fix | Amy Nordrum | February 11, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Because of the pandemic we started to FaceTime each other on a regular basis.
If Congress accurately reflected our nation on the basis of race, about 63 percent would be white, not 80 percent.
We see the Southern segregationists who threatened his life and that of his family on an almost daily basis.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’ | Gary May | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet the email references the 1970s, “when police officers were ambushed and executed on a regular basis.”
Removing choice is bullying and seems a horrid basis on which to anchor your relationship.
So, I can deal with them on a daily basis, I know how it affects my body.
The m relates it to the nares or humming tone (which is the basis of all resonance in the voice).Expressive Voice Culture | Jessie Eldridge Southwick
A resolute push for quite a short period now might reconstruct the entire basis of our collective human life.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
At the present time, certainly, no thought has ever occurred to Germans that they would not go back to a gold basis.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
But here in this little valley of the Kaw, he was cheered to see his race on a practical and sensible basis.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
The relative quantity of labor embodied in each object is the basis of its value.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for basis
something that underlies, supports, or is essential to something else, esp an abstract idea
a principle on which something depends or from which something has issued
maths (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: the vectors x, y and z form a basis of the 3-dimensional space all members of which can be written as a x + b y + c z
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Scientific definitions for basis
A set of independent vectors whose linear combinations define a vector space, such as a reference frame used to establish a coordinate system.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with basis
see on a first-name basis.
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