basis (n.)
base, foot, foundation
H5 IV.ii.28[Constable to Dauphin] Though we upon this mountain's basis by / Took stand for idle speculation
TC I.iii.75[Ulysses to all] Troy, yet upon his basis, had been down
Tem II.i.122[Francisco to Alonso, of Ferdinand reaching the cliffs] th'shore, that o'er his wave-worn basis bowed, / As stooping to relieve him
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