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basic

[bey-sik] /ˈbeɪ sɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or forming a base; fundamental:
a basic principle; the basic ingredient.
2.
Chemistry.
  1. pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a base.
  2. not having all of the hydroxyls of the base replaced by the acid group, or having the metal or its equivalent united partly to the acid group and partly to oxygen.
  3. alkaline.
3.
Metallurgy. noting, pertaining to, or made by a steelmaking process (basic process) in which the furnace or converter is lined with a basic or nonsiliceous material, mainly burned magnesite and a small amount of ground basic slag, to remove impurities from the steel.
Compare acid (def 8).
4.
Geology. (of a rock) having relatively little silica.
5.
Military.
  1. primary:
    basic training.
  2. of lowest rank:
    airman basic.
noun
6.
Military.
  1. basic training.
  2. a soldier or airman receiving basic training.
7.
Often, basics. something that is fundamental or basic; an essential ingredient, principle, procedure, etc.:
to learn the basics of music; to get back to basics.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; base1 + -ic
Related forms
nonbasic, adjective
quasi-basic, adjective
Can be confused
basic, BASIC.
Synonyms
1. elementary, essential, key, primary; basal; underlying.

BASIC

[bey-sik] /ˈbeɪ sɪk/
noun, Computers.
1.
a widely adopted programming language that uses English words, punctuation marks, and algebraic notation to facilitate communication between the operator or lay user and the computer.
Origin
1965-70; B(eginner's) A(ll-purpose) S(ymbolic) I(nstruction) C(ode)
Can be confused
basic, BASIC.
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British Dictionary definitions for basics

basic

/ˈbeɪsɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or forming a base or basis; fundamental; underlying
2.
elementary or simple: a few basic facts
3.
excluding additions or extras: basic pay
4.
(chem)
  1. of, denoting, or containing a base; alkaline
  2. (of a salt) containing hydroxyl or oxide groups not all of which have been replaced by an acid radical: basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO3.Pb(OH)2
5.
(metallurgy) of, concerned with, or made by a process in which the furnace or converter is made of a basic material, such as magnesium oxide
6.
(of such igneous rocks as basalt) containing between 52 and 45 per cent silica
7.
(military) primary or initial: basic training
noun
8.
(usually pl) a fundamental principle, fact, etc

BASIC

/ˈbeɪsɪk/
noun
1.
a computer programming language that uses common English terms
Word Origin
C20: acronym of b(eginner's) a(ll-purpose) s(ymbolic) i(nstruction) c(ode)
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Word Origin and History for basics
n.

"rudiments or fundamentals of anything," by 1934, from basic. Also see -ics. Phrase back-to-basics was in use by 1975.

basic

adj.

1832, originally in chemistry, from base (n.) + -ic.

BASIC

computer language, 1964, initialism for Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code; invented by Hungarian-born U.S. computer scientist John G. Kemeny (1926-1992) and U.S. computer scientist Thomas E. Kurtz (b.1928).

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basics in Medicine

basic ba·sic (bā'sĭk)
adj.

  1. Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis.

  2. Producing, resulting from, or relating to a base.

  3. Containing a base, especially in excess of acid.

  4. Containing oxide or hydroxide anions.

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basics in Science
BASIC
  (bā'sĭk)   
A simple programming language developed in the 1960s that is widely taught to students as a first programming language.
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Related Abbreviations for basics

BASIC

Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
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