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of, pertaining to, or forming a base; fundamental: a basic principle; the basic ingredient.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or containing a base.
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.
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 ).
Geology. (of a rock) having relatively little silica.
primary: basic training.
of lowest rank: airman basic.
a soldier or airman receiving basic training.
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.

1835–45; base1 + -ic

nonbasic, adjective
quasi-basic, adjective

basic, BASIC.

1. elementary, essential, key, primary; basal; underlying.
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basic (ˈbeɪsɪk)
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
 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 b.  (of a salt) containing hydroxyl or oxide groups not all of which have been replaced by an acid radical: basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO3.Pb(OH)2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
8.  (usually plural) a fundamental principle, fact, etc

BASIC or Basic (ˈbeɪsɪk)
a computer programming language that uses common English terms
[C20: acronym of b(eginner's) a(ll-purpose) s(ymbolic) i(nstruction) c(ode)]
Basic or Basic
[C20: acronym of b(eginner's) a(ll-purpose) s(ymbolic) i(nstruction) c(ode)]

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Word Origin & History

1842, from base (n.) + -ic.

computer language, 1964, acronym for Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code; invented by J.G. Kemeny and T.E. Kurtz.
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basic ba·sic (bā'sĭk)

  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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BASIC   (bā'sĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
A simple programming language developed in the 1960s that is widely taught to students as a first programming language.
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Example sentences
The basic process of batik involves creating designs in wax in order to
  prohibit dye from coloring the cloth in those areas.
The code directs one of several steps in the synthesis of proteins inside
  cells, the basic process of life.
There are about a dozen steps in the basic process of turning milk into cheese.
Mergers are a basic process in galaxy evolution, and are vitally important to
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