basic

[bey-sik]
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adjective

noun


Origin of basic

First recorded in 1835–45; base1 + -ic
Related formsnon·ba·sic, adjectivequa·si-ba·sic, adjective
Can be confusedbasic BASIC

Synonyms for basic

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British Dictionary definitions for nonbasic

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 (of a salt) containing hydroxyl or oxide groups not all of which have been replaced by an acid radicalbasic lead carbonate, 2PbCO 3 .Pb ( OH ) 2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 nonbasic

basic

adj.

1832, originally in chemistry, from base (n.) + -ic.

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).

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nonbasic in Medicine

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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nonbasic in Science

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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