|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|
|a. of, denoting, or containing a base; alkaline|
|b. (of a salt) containing hydroxyl or oxide groups not all of which have been replaced by an acid radical: basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO3.Pb|
|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|
|8.||(usually plural) a fundamental principle, fact, etc|
basic ba·sic (bā'sĭk)
Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis.
Producing, resulting from, or relating to a base.
Containing a base, especially in excess of acid.
Containing oxide or hydroxide anions.
BASIC/bay'-sic/ n. A programming language, originally designed for Dartmouth's experimental timesharing system in the early 1960s, which for many years was the leading cause of brain damage in proto-hackers. Edsger W. Dijkstra observed in "Selected Writings on Computing: A Personal Perspective" that "It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to students that have had prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration." This is another case (like Pascal) of the cascading lossage that happens when a language deliberately designed as an educational toy gets taken too seriously. A novice can write short BASIC programs (on the order of 10-20 lines) very easily; writing anything longer (a) is very painful, and (b) encourages bad habits that will make it harder to use more powerful languages well. This wouldn't be so bad if historical accidents hadn't made BASIC so common on low-end micros in the 1980s. As it is, it probably ruined tens of thousands of potential wizards.
Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code