of, relating to, or forming a base; fundamental: a basic principle; the basic ingredient.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a base.
not having all of the hydroxyls of the base replaced by the acid group, or having the metal or its equivalent united partly to the acid group and partly to oxygen.
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.
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.
- non·ba·sic, adjective
- quasi-basic, adjective
- basic , BASIC
Other definitions for BASIC (2 of 2)
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.
- basic, BASIC
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How to use basic in a sentence
If you spend much time in the woods, these basic builds will make life in the backcountry much easier.
There’s always a pivotal voter somewhere, and always a basic contestation between the principles of the left and the right.
We lead the world in innovation and technology, all for a simple, basic reason.Trump’s most popular YouTube ad is a stew of manipulated video | Glenn Kessler, Meg Kelly | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
Here are some basic shortcuts that can help navigate it better.Make online classes easier with these laptop shortcuts | Sandra Gutierrez G. | September 15, 2020 | Popular-Science
You will be asked to provide a few basic details as well as verify your ownership.
We were barely into the appetizer when he asked a fairly basic question—where did my family live?
The training, at least as described by the U.S. military, is incredibly basic.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’ | Nancy A. Youssef | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nothing in it was meant to change the basic operations of the capitalist economy or to intervene aggressively in class relations.
And yet—as any private who went through basic can tell you—good weapons training means not shooting wildly 14 times.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall | Matt Gallagher | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I was put in a solitary confinement completely cut off from the outside world without even enjoying basic prisoner rights.A Daughter’s Plea: Free My Father from Prison in Iran | Mitra Pourshajari, Movements.Org, Advancing Human Rights | December 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nuclei and certain other structures in the blood are stained by the basic dyes, and are hence called basophilic.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
What we call curiosity in the ape is the basic form of the characteristic which we call attention or observation in man.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
The carbonates are occasionally partially hydrolyzed to basic carbonates.The Elements of Qualitative Chemical Analysis, vol. 1, parts 1 and 2. | Julius Stieglitz
It is thus evident, that the solvent action of ammonium hydroxide is not due to its basic functions.The Elements of Qualitative Chemical Analysis, vol. 1, parts 1 and 2. | Julius Stieglitz
With each new draft we added more to the basic information we had, rounding out the invention in ever greater detail.The Professional Approach | Charles Leonard Harness
British Dictionary definitions for basic (1 of 2)
of, relating to, or forming a base or basis; fundamental; underlying
elementary or simple: a few basic facts
excluding additions or extras: basic 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 radical: basic 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 initial: basic training
(usually plural) a fundamental principle, fact, etc
British Dictionary definitions for BASIC (2 of 2)
a computer programming language that uses common English terms
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Scientific definitions for BASIC
A simple programming language developed in the 1960s that is widely taught to students as a first programming language.
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