basic

[bey-sik]

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]

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 basics

basic

adjective

of, relating to, or forming a base or basis; fundamental; underlying
elementary or simplea few basic facts
excluding additions or extrasbasic pay
chem
  1. of, denoting, or containing a base; alkaline
  2. (of a salt) containing hydroxyl or oxide groups not all of which have been replaced by an acid radicalbasic lead carbonate, 2PbCO 3 .Pb ( OH ) 2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

noun

(usually plural) a fundamental principle, fact, etc

BASIC

Basic

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 basics
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Medicine definitions for basics

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 basics

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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