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.
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
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 ax + by + cz
1570s, “bottom or foundation (of something material),” from Latin basis “foundation,” from Greek basis “a step, stand, base, that whereon one stands,” from bainein “go, step” (see come). Transferred and figurative senses (of immaterial things) are from c.1600.
basis ba·sis (bā’sĭs)
n. pl. ba·ses (-sēz’)
The foundation upon which something, such as an anatomical part, rests.
Plural bases (bā’sēz’)
A set of independent vectors whose linear combinations define a vector space, such as a reference frame used to establish a coordinate system.
see: on a first-name basis
basisphenoid basisphenoid ba·si·sphe·noid (bā’sĭ-sfē’noid’) adj. Of or relating to the base or body of the sphenoid bone. Relating to or being the independent center of ossification in the embryo that forms the posterior portion of the body of the sphenoid bone. Historical Examples The basi-occipital (fig. 93, 1) too is fused with the basisphenoid. The […]
- Basivertebral vein
basivertebral vein basivertebral vein ba·si·ver·te·bral vein (bā’sə-vûr’tə-brəl, -vər-tē’brəl) n. Any of a number of veins in the spongy substance of the verterbral bodies, emptying into the venous plexus running along the anterior of the vertebral canal to the dura..
to lie in or be exposed to a pleasant warmth: to bask in the sunshine. to enjoy a pleasant situation: He basked in royal favor. Obsolete. to expose to warmth or heat. Contemporary Examples But other Zentai enthusiasts wear their suits in public and bask in the reactions of startled passers-by. Men Who Love Lycra […]
to lie in or be exposed to a pleasant warmth: to bask in the sunshine. to enjoy a pleasant situation: He basked in royal favor. Obsolete. to expose to warmth or heat. Contemporary Examples At which Barry put down the mic and basked in a round of applause. Marion Barry: ‘I Did It My Way’ […]