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BASIC

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Pronunciation: /ˈbeɪsɪk
 
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noun

[mass 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

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adjective

  • 2 Chemistry Having the properties of a base, or containing a base; having a pH above 7: these salts yield basic solutions comparable in strength with the mineral alkalis Often contrasted with acidic and 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 lava) relatively poor in silica: a coarse-grained, basic, plutonic rock
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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 steel-making 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.

noun

(basics) • informal Back to top  
  • 1The essential facts or principles of a subject or skill: I learnt the basics of programming on a course teachers are going back to basics to encourage pupils to learn English
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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
  • 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.

Origin

mid 19th century: from base1 + -ic.

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