basic pro cess

basic process

noun Metallurgy.
See under basic ( def 3 ).

1900–05 Unabridged


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. Unabridged
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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 b.  (of a salt) containing hydroxyl or oxide groups not all of which have been replaced by an acid radical: basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO3.Pb(OH)2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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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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/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.

[1995: Some languages called `BASIC' aren't quite this nasty any more, having acquired Pascal- and C-like procedures and control structures and shed their line numbers. --ESR]

Note: the name is commonly parsed as Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, but this is a backronym. BASIC was originally named Basic, simply because it was a simple and basic programming language. Because most programming language names were in fact acronyms, BASIC was often capitalized just out of habit or to be silly. No acronym for BASIC originally existed or was intended (as one can verify by reading texts through the early 1970s). Later, around the mid-1970s, people began to make up backronyms for BASIC because they weren't sure. Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code is the one that caught on.
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