See under basic(def 3).
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Origin of basic process
First recorded in 1900–05
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Definition for basic process (2 of 2)
[ bey-sik ]
/ ˈbeɪ sɪk /
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM basicnon·ba·sic, adjectivequa·si-ba·sic, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH basicbasic BASIC
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British Dictionary definitions for basic process (1 of 2)
/ (ˈbeɪsɪk) /
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- (of a salt) containing hydroxyl or oxide groups not all of which have been replaced by an acid radicalbasic lead carbonate, 2PbCO 3 .Pb ( OH ) 2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
British Dictionary definitions for basic process (2 of 2)
/ (ˈbeɪsɪk) /
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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Medical definitions for basic process
[ bā′sĭk ]
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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Scientific definitions for basic process
[ bā′sĭk ]
A simple programming language developed in the 1960s that is widely taught to students as a first programming language.
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