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BASIC

Syllabification: BASIC
Pronunciation: /ˈbāsik
 
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noun

  • A simple high-level computer programming language that uses familiar English words, designed for beginners and formerly used widely.

Origin

1960s: acronym from Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.

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There are 2 definitions of BASIC in English:

basic

Syllabification: ba·sic
Pronunciation: /ˈbāsik
 
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adjective

  • 1Forming an essential foundation or starting point; fundamental: certain basic rules must be obeyed the laying down of arms is basic to the agreement
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    • Readers' support is no doubt very basic to the survival of any periodical.
    • Cheap labor and materials are basic to postwar industry and finances.
    • Access to information is basic to the democratic way of life.
    Synonyms
    fundamental, essential, primary, principal, cardinal, elementary, elemental, quintessential, intrinsic, central, pivotal, critical, key, focal; vital, necessary, indispensable
  • 1.1Offering or consisting in the minimum required without elaboration or luxury; simplest or lowest in level: basic and unsophisticated resorts the food was good, if a bit basic
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    • The following list is a minimum basic guide as to what you will need.
    • What are the basic minimum requirements for one to set up a restaurant and do these so called restaurants meet the standards?
    • Forest dwelling hunter-gatherer communities are never very large, but they need a basic minimum area for subsistence.
    Synonyms
    plain, simple, unsophisticated, straightforward, adequate; unadorned, undecorated, unornamented, without frills; spartan, stark, severe, austere, limited, meager, rudimentary, patchy, sketchy, minimal; unfussy, homely, homespun, meat-and-potatoes, bread-and-butter; rough, rough and ready, crude, makeshift
  • 1.2Common to or required by everyone; primary and ineradicable or inalienable: basic human rights
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    • The meeting would help to raise awareness that everyone should enjoy the basic human right of freedom of choice in marriage, she said.
    • Being a week of Remembrance, we all need to observe that everyone has the basic human right to freedom of speech.
    • And the shortest road to equality is to provide for everyone's basic human needs free of charge.
  • 2 Chemistry Having the properties of a base, or containing a base; having a pH greater than 7. Often contrasted with acid or acidic; compare with alkaline.
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    • In the presence of a basic solution, litmus will lose hydronium ions and turn blue.
    • Compounds that react with water to form hydroxide ions are called basic anhydrides.
    • Blue litmus paper turns red in acidic solution, and red litmus paper turns blue in basic solution.
  • 2.1 Geology (Of rock, especially igneous rock) relatively poor in silica.
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    • The Liva Member includes parts of the formation composed of basic lavas and tuffs with only minor interbedded sediments.
    • Enstatite occurs in plutonic basic and ultrabasic rocks such as peridotite and norite, and also in some high-grade metamorphic rocks.
    • Quarzitic gneiss, low-grade metamorphic basic rocks, phyllites and dark chert can be abundant in some layers.
  • 2.2 Metallurgy Relating to or denoting steelmaking processes involving lime-rich refractories and slags.
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    • The refractories for casting a basic substance are used for ladles, tundishes, vacuum degasing furnaces, mixers, and the like.
    • The lining must resist high temperature, oxidized basic slag and liquid metal.
    • Refractory bricks for steel production include Basic refractory bricks and High-Alumina refractory bricks.

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  • 1The essential facts or principles of a subject or skill: learning the basics of the business storytelling has re-emerged as people have turned back to basics
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    • But once the bubble has burst they turn back to basics and begin studying exactly what companies and their profits are up to.
    • More importantly though, it reminded me to get back to basics as far as parenting skills go, and dig out some of the books out of the boxes.
    • And surely they're old enough to learn the basics of critical thinking skills and skeptical analysis.
    Synonyms
    fundamentals, essentials, rudiments, (first) principles, foundations, preliminaries, groundwork; essence, basis, core
    informal nitty-gritty, brass tacks, nuts and bolts, meat and potatoes, bread and butter, ABCs
  • 1.1Essential food and other supplies: people are facing a shortage of basics like flour
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    • Many people appear to be saving their spare cash after paying out more for basics such as food, transport and health.
    • On other occasions, the candidate had promised a nation where people do not have to choose between basics, such as food and medicine.
    • Aid agencies on the ground continued to warn that millions across the region were without the basics of food and clean water.
  • 1.2 Military Basic training.
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    • Sailors learn Army basics to prep for downrange deployment.
    • When we did basics in the army, you just mention you're tired all the time and they grab you, jab you with a needle.
    • Yes, I have finished basics!

Origin

mid 19th century: from base1 + -ic.

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