Etymology
Advertisement

basis (n.)

1570s, "bottom or foundation" (of something material), from Latin basis "foundation," from Greek basis "a going, a step; a stand, base, that whereon one stands," from bainein "to go, walk, step," from PIE root *gwa- "to go, come." Transferred and figurative senses (of immaterial things) are from c. 1600.

updated on April 11, 2017

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of basis from WordNet

basis (n.)
a relation that provides the foundation for something;
he worked on an interim basis
Synonyms: footing / ground
basis (n.)
the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained;
the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture
basis (n.)
the most important or necessary part of something;
the basis of this drink is orange juice
Synonyms: base
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.