(1) A nonstatic phenomenon that serves as a basis on which is affixed an audio category (sgra-spyi) or meaning category (don-spyi) in a conceptual cognition. (2) Sometimes used as a general term for a basis for imputation, a basis for designation and the previous meaning of a basis for labeling.
Tibetan: གདགས་གཞི། gdags-gzhi
J. Hopkins: Basis of designation
Synonyms: Basis for mental labeling