- 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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- a widely adopted programming language that uses English words, punctuation marks, and algebraic notation to facilitate communication between the operator or lay user and the computer.
Origin of BASIC
Examples from the Web for basic
Nothing in it was meant to change the basic operations of the capitalist economy or to intervene aggressively in class relations.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
He challenged the very core of the Iranian theocracy and demanded respect for basic human rights.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
As more people come online, the most basic tasks—such as going out to the market to sell produce—will become more efficient.Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa
December 22, 2014
Everyone is entitled to be treated with basic decency and respect.The GOP’s Hidden Ban on Prison Abortions
December 13, 2014
The three basic ways for prisoners to die are old age, disease or violently.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
The Metanoia, the re-directing of my thought, was a thorough and basic change.The Conquest of Fear
Make as much out of this as you will, but the basic fact is incontestible.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
The basic fact of the tale I had in my possession for a good many years.Notes on My Books
It was contentment, and it stemmed from the basic emotion love.Cogito, Ergo Sum
John Foster West
The mastery of an art—be it what you like—does but consist in the comprehension of its basic law.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
- 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
Word Origin and History for basic
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).
- 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.
- A simple programming language developed in the 1960s that is widely taught to students as a first programming language.