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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Basis \Ba"sis\ (b[=a]"s[i^]s), n.; pl. Bases (b[=a]"s[=e]z). [L. basis, Gr. ba`sis. See Base, n.] 1. The foundation of anything; that on which a thing rests. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. The pedestal of a column, pillar, or statue. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] If no basis bear my rising name. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. The groundwork; the first or fundamental principle; that which supports. [1913 Webster] The basis of public credit is good faith. --A. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] 4. The principal component part of a thing. [1913 Webster]