Notebook, 1993-



The foundation, support, grounds [for action, principle, procedure, etc.] . . . . To place, found, establish [a precedent, principle, form, cause, standard, etc.] as a basis for . . . . Fundamental

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Basis n. 1. the bottom or base of anything. 2. anything upon which something is based; fundamental. 3. the principal constituent or ingredient. [< L < GK básis; cf. BASE1] -Syn. 1, 2. See base1. 2. footing. 3. element; essential.

Base n. 1. the bottom support or part of anything; that on which a thing stand or rests. 2. a fundamental principle or groundwork; foundation; basis; the base of needed reforms . . . . v.t. 26. to make or form a base or foundation for. 27. to establish as a fact or conclusion [usually fol. by on or upon]: he based his assumption on the fact that she had no albi. 28. to place or establish on a base or basis; ground; establish: Our plan is based on a rising economy. 29. to station, place or establish [usually fol. by at or on]: He is based at Fort Benning. -Syn. 1. Base, Basis, Foundation refer to anything upon which a structure is built and upon which it rests. Base usually refers to a literal supporting structure: the base of a statue. Basis more often refers to a figurative support: the basis of a report. Foundation implies a solid, secure understructure: the foundation of a skyscraper.

[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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