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1forming an essential foundation or starting point; fundamental:certain basic rules must be obeyed the laying down of arms is basic to the agreement offering 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 common to or required by everyone; primary and ineradicable or inalienable:basic human rights 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. Geology (of rock, especially igneous rock) relatively poor in silica. Metallurgy relating to or denoting steelmaking processes involving lime-rich refractories and slags.
the 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 essential food and other supplies:people are facing a shortage of basics like flour