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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ba·sis n.; pl. Bases
 1. The foundation of anything; that on which a thing rests.
 2. The pedestal of a column, pillar, or statue. [Obs.]
    If no basis bear my rising name.   --Pope.
 3. The groundwork; the first or fundamental principle; that which supports.
    The basis of public credit is good faith.   --A. Hamilton.
 4. The principal component part of a thing.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See base

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: serving as or forming a base; "the painter applied a base
             coat followed by two finishing coats" [syn: basal]
      2: (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior
         metal; "base coins of aluminum"; "a base metal"
      3: of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense);
         "baseborn wretches with dirty faces"; "of humble (or
         lowly) birth" [syn: baseborn, humble, lowly]
      4: not adhering to ethical or moral principles; "base and
         unpatriotic motives"; "a base, degrading way of life";
         "cheating is dishonorable"; "they considered colonialism
         immoral"; "unethical practices in handling public funds"
         [syn: dishonorable, dishonourable, immoral, unethical]
      5: having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality;
         "that liberal obedience without which your army would be a
         base rabble"- Edmund Burke; "taking a mean advantage";
         "chok'd with ambition of the meaner sort"- Shakespeare;
         "something essentially vulgar and meanspirited in
         politics" [syn: mean, meanspirited]
      6: illegitimate [syn: baseborn]
      7: debased; not genuine; "an attempt to eliminate the base
      n 1: any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning
           litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and
           water; "bases include oxides and hydroxides of metals
           and ammonia" [syn: alkali]
      2: installation from which a military force initiates
         operations; "the attack wiped out our forward bases" [syn:
          base of operations]
      3: lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of
         solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower" [syn: foundation,
          fundament, foot, groundwork, substructure, understructure]
      4: place that runner must touch before scoring; "he scrambled
         to get back to the bag" [syn: bag]
      5: (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent
         to one in the next higher counting place; "10 is the radix
         of the decimal system" [syn: radix]
      6: the bottom or lowest part; "the base of the mountain"
      7: (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of
         attachment; "the base of the skull"
      8: a lower limit; "the government established a wage floor"
         [syn: floor]
      9: the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or
         developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument
         rested on a basis of conjecture" [syn: basis, foundation,
          fundament, groundwork, cornerstone]
      10: a support or foundation; "the base of the lamp" [syn: pedestal,
      11: the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the
          altitude can be constructed; "the base of the triangle"
      12: the most important or necessary part of something; "the
          basis of this drink is orange juice" [syn: basis]
      13: the place where you are stationed and from which missions
          start and end [syn: home]
      14: an intensely anti-western terrorist network that dispenses
          money and logistical support and training to a wide
          variety of radical Islamic terrorist group; has cells in
          more than 50 countries [syn: al-Qaeda, Qaeda, al-Qa'ida,
      15: (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are
          removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem" [syn: root,
           root word, stem, theme, radical]
      16: the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed
          for the functioning of a country or area; "the industrial
          base of Japan" [syn: infrastructure]
      17: the principal ingredient of a mixture; "glycerinated gelatin
          is used as a base for many ointments"; "he told the
          painter that he wanted a yellow base with just a hint of
          green"; "everything she cooked seemed to have rice as the
      18: a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit; "a tub
          should sit on its own base"
      19: (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the
          emitter from the collector
      v 1: use as a basis for; found on; "base a claim on some
           observation" [syn: establish, ground, found]
      2: use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
         [syn: free-base]
      3: assign to a station [syn: station, post, send, place]
      [also: bases (pl)]