More definitions of BASICDefinition of BASIC in:
- The US English dictionary
- 1Forming an essential foundation or starting point; fundamental: certain basic rules must be obeyed the laying down of arms is basic to the agreementMore example sentences
fundamental, rudimentary, primary, principal, cardinal, chief, elementary, elemental, root; central, pivotal, critical, key, focal, salient, staple; essential, quintessential, bare-bones, stripped down, cut down, vital, necessary, indispensable, foundational, intrinsic, underlying, ingrained
- 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.
- 1.1Offering or constituting the minimum required without elaboration or luxury: the food was good, if a bit basicMore example sentences
lowest, bottom, starting, ground, undermost; without commissionplain, simple, unsophisticated, straightforward, adequate, unadorned, undecorated, unornamented, without frills; spartan, sparse, stark, severe, austere, limited, meagre, rudimentary, patchy, sketchy, minimal; modest, ordinary, unpretentious, unostentatious, unfussy, homely, homespun; rough, rough and ready, rough-hewn, crude, makeshift; restrained, muted• informal bog-standard
- 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.
- 1.2Common to or required by everyone; primary and ineradicable or inalienable: basic human rightsMore example sentences
- 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 above 7: these salts yield basic solutions comparable in strength with the mineral alkalis Often contrasted with acidic and alkaline.More example sentences
- 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 rockMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 EnglishMore example sentences
fundamentals, essentials, rudiments, principles, first principles, foundations, preliminaries, groundwork; essence, basis, core, kernel, nub, marrow, meat, crux, bedrock; facts, hard facts, practicalities, realities; Latin sine qua non
- 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.
- 1.1Essential food and other supplies: people are facing a shortage of basics like flourMore example sentences
- 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.