Meaning of BASIS in English


Pronunciation: ' b ā -s ə s

Function: noun

Inflected Form: plural ba · ses \ - ˌ s ē z \

Etymology: Latin ― more at BASE

Date: 14th century

1 : the bottom of something considered as its foundation

2 : the principal component of something

3 a : something on which something else is established or based b : an underlying condition or state of affairs <hired on a trial basis > <on a first-name basis >

4 : the basic principle

5 : a set of linearly independent vectors in a vector space such that any vector in the vector space can be expressed as a linear combination of them with appropriately chosen coefficients

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.