Definition of Basic

1. Noun. A popular programming language that is relatively easy to learn; an acronym for beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code; no longer in general use.

2. Adjective. Pertaining to or constituting a base or basis. "Basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities"

3. Noun. (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant.
Exact synonyms: Staple
Generic synonyms: Commodity, Good, Trade Good
Language type: Plural, Plural Form

4. Adjective. Reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality. "A canonical syllable pattern"
Exact synonyms: Canonic, Canonical
Similar to: Standard

5. Adjective. Serving as a base or starting point. "An introductory art course"
Exact synonyms: Introductory
Similar to: First

6. Adjective. Of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base.
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Similar to: Alkalic, Alkaline

Definition of Basic

1. a. Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt.

Definition of Basic

1. Proper noun. A family of third-generation programming languages (c.1964 on). ¹

2. Proper noun. A family of third-generation computer programming languages (c.1964 on). ¹

3. Noun. A necessary commodity, a staple requirement. ¹

4. Noun. An elementary building block, e.g. a fundamental piece of knowledge. ¹

5. Noun. (military) basic training. ¹

6. Adjective. necessary, essential for life or some process. ¹

7. Adjective. elementary, simple, fundamental, merely functional. ¹

8. Adjective. (chemistry) Of or pertaining to a base; antonym of acidic ¹

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Definition of Basic

1. a fundamental [n -S] - See also: fundamental

Medical Definition of Basic

1. 1. Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt. Having the base in excess, or the amount of the base atomically greater than that of the acid, or exceeding in proportion that of the related neutral salt. Apparently alkaline, as certain normal salts which exhibit alkaline reactions with test paper. 2. Said of crystalline rocks which contain a relatively low percentage of silica, as basalt. Basic salt, a salt formed from a base or hydroxide by the partial replacement of its hydrogen by a negative or acid element or radical. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Basic

basibregmatic axis
basic (current term)
basic amino acid
basic anhydride
basic balance
basic block
basic blocks
basic cognitive process
basic diet
basic dye
basic dyes
basic electrical rhythm
basic esotropia
basic exotropia
basic fuchsin

Literary usage of Basic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"He discusses the salient clinical and pathological features of posterior basic meningitis as it is met witli in infants and the symptoms of the ..."

2. Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1902)
"United States Standard thread, makes it seem desirable to provide three sets of standard reference thread gauges for each gauge diameter; one basic, ..."

3. The Manufacture and Properties of Iron and Steel by Harry Huse Campbell (1907)
"And there are many metallurgists and engineers both in this country and abroad who believe that acid open-hearth steel is more reliable than basic ..."

4. Adult Literacy And New Technologies: Tools For A Lifetime by Office of Technology Assessment (1994)
"Literacy programs help commercial drivers pass mandated test Discretionary grants to SEAs provide basic skills and literacy 9.8 training for the homeless. ..."

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