- of, relating to, or forming a base; fundamental: a basic principle; the basic ingredient.
- Metallurgy. noting, pertaining to, or made by a steelmaking process (basic process) in which the furnace or converter is lined with a basic or nonsiliceous material, mainly burned magnesite and a small amount of ground basic slag, to remove impurities from the steel.Compare acid(def 9).
- Geology. (of a rock) having relatively little silica.
- primary: basic training.
- of lowest rank: airman basic.
- (especially of a female) characterized by predictable or unoriginal style, interests, or behavior: those basic girls who follow trends.
- (of things) boringly predictable or unoriginal: His lyrics are just so basic.
- basic training.
- a soldier or airman receiving basic training.
- Often basics. something that is fundamental or basic; an essential ingredient, principle, procedure, etc.: to learn the basics of music; to get back to basics.
- Slang. a person, especially a female, who is boringly predictable or unoriginal.
Origin of basic
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1. elementary, essential, key, primary; basal; underlying.
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- of, relating to, or forming a base or basis; fundamental; underlying
- elementary or simplea few basic facts
- excluding additions or extrasbasic pay
- of, denoting, or containing a base; alkaline
- (of a salt) containing hydroxyl or oxide groups not all of which have been replaced by an acid radicalbasic lead carbonate, 2PbCO 3 .Pb ( OH ) 2
- metallurgy of, concerned with, or made by a process in which the furnace or converter is made of a basic material, such as magnesium oxide
- (of such igneous rocks as basalt) containing between 52 and 45 per cent silica
- military primary or initialbasic training
- (usually plural) a fundamental principle, fact, etc
- a computer programming language that uses common English terms
C20: acronym of b (eginner's) a (ll-purpose) s (ymbolic) i (nstruction) c (ode)
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Word Origin and History for nonbasic
computer language, 1964, initialism for Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code; invented by Hungarian-born U.S. computer scientist John G. Kemeny (1926-1992) and U.S. computer scientist Thomas E. Kurtz (b.1928).
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- Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis.
- Producing, resulting from, or relating to a base.
- Containing a base, especially in excess of acid.
- Containing oxide or hydroxide anions.
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- A simple programming language developed in the 1960s that is widely taught to students as a first programming language.
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