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adjective ba·sic \ˈbā-sik also -zik\

: forming or relating to the most important part of something

: forming or relating to the first or easiest part of something

: not including anything extra

Full Definition of BASIC

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a :  of, relating to, or forming the base or essence :  fundamental <basic truths>
b :  concerned with fundamental scientific principles :  not applied <basic research>
2
:  constituting or serving as the basis or starting point <a basic set of tools>
3
a :  of, relating to, containing, or having the character of a chemical base
b :  having an alkaline reaction
4
:  containing relatively little silica <basic rocks>
5
:  relating to, made by, used in, or being a process of making steel done in a furnace lined with basic material and under basic slag
ba·sic·i·ty \bā-ˈsi-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of BASIC

  1. In this class, you will learn the basic principles of chemistry.
  2. At its most basic level, the book is about a father's relationship with his children.
  3. The basic difference between the two companies is their size.
  4. rights that are basic to all human beings
  5. basic reading, writing, and mathematics
  6. She lacks even the most basic skills necessary for the job.
  7. That's just the basic salary without overtime or tips.
  8. The motel is comfortable but pretty basic: you get the necessities all right, but no luxuries.

First Known Use of BASIC

1842

2basic

noun

basics : the simplest and most important parts of something (such as a subject of study)

Full Definition of BASIC

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:  something that is basic :  fundamental <get back to basics>

Examples of BASIC

  1. He's teaching me the basics of Japanese cooking.
  2. He starts basic in two months.

First Known Use of BASIC

1926

BASIC

noun BA·SIC \ˈbā-sik\

computers : a simple language used for programming computers

Full Definition of BASIC

:  a simplified high-level language for programming a computer

Examples of BASIC

  1. The program is written in BASIC.

Origin of BASIC

Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
First Known Use: 1964

Other Computer-Related Terms

adware, flash, kludge, phishing, recursive, router
BASIC Defined for Kids

1basic

adjective ba·sic \ˈbā-sik\

Definition of BASIC for Kids

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:  relating to or forming the basis or most important part of something <the basic principles of science> <a basic set of tools>
2
:  relating to or characteristic of a chemical base <a basic compound>
ba·si·cal·ly \-si-kə-lē\ adverb

2basic

noun

Definition of BASIC for Kids

:  something that is one of the simplest and most important parts of something <the basics of farming>
Medical Dictionary

basic

adjective ba·sic \ˈbā-sik also -zik\

Medical Definition of BASIC

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:  of, relating to, or forming the base or essence
2
a :  of, relating to, containing, or having the character of a base b :  having an alkaline reaction
July 06, 2015
categorical Hear it
absolute or relating to a category
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