basic

[ bey-sik ]
/ ˈbeɪ sɪk /

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. bashment,
  2. basho,
  3. basi-,
  4. basiate,
  5. basibregmatic axis,
  6. basic anhydride,
  7. basic assembly language,
  8. basic curriculum,
  9. basic dress,
  10. basic dye

Origin of basic

First recorded in 1835–45; base1 + -ic

Related formsnon·ba·sic, adjectivequa·si-ba·sic, adjective

Can be confusedbasic BASIC

BASIC

[ bey-sik ]
/ ˈbeɪ sɪk /

noun Computers.

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

1965–70; B(eginner's) A(ll-purpose) S(ymbolic) I(nstruction) C(ode)

Can be confusedbasic BASIC

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British Dictionary definitions for basic

basic

/ (ˈbeɪsɪk) /

adjective

noun

(usually plural) a fundamental principle, fact, etc

BASIC

Basic

/ (ˈbeɪsɪk) /

noun

a computer programming language that uses common English terms

Word Origin for BASIC

C20: acronym of b (eginner's) a (ll-purpose) s (ymbolic) i (nstruction) c (ode)

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Word Origin and History for basic
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Medicine definitions for basic

basic

[ bāsĭk ]

adj.

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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Science definitions for basic

BASIC

[ bāsĭk ]

A simple programming language developed in the 1960s that is widely taught to students as a first programming language.
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