basic

adjective
ba·​sic | \ ˈbā-sik also -zik How to pronounce basic (audio) \

Definition of basic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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
3a : 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

basic

noun (1)

Definition of basic (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something that is basic : fundamental get back to basics

BASIC

noun (2)
BA·​SIC | \ ˈbā-sik How to pronounce BASIC (audio) \

Definition of BASIC (Entry 3 of 3)

computers : a simplified high-level language for programming a computer The program was written in BASIC.

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Other Words from basic

Adjective

basicity \ bā-​ˈsi-​sə-​tē How to pronounce basicity (audio) \ noun

Examples of basic in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

The program is written in BASIC.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In a Pew Research study released this month, about two-thirds of Americans surveyed said altered videos and images had become a major problem for understanding the basic facts of current events. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’," 13 June 2019 The basic ingredients are there—odd-couple stars, big special effects, and a decent blend of comedy and action. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Men in Black: International Forgets What Made the Original So Great," 12 June 2019 But given that even basic information on Venus is lacking, any small step will contribute to science. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Venus, Earth’s Evil Twin, Beckons Space Agencies," 12 June 2019 An instrument rating requires about 100 or more hours of additional training on top of basic pilot training, CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo said. Greg Wallace And Brynn Gingras, CNN, "Pilot of helicopter that crashed on New York high-rise didn't have proper certificate, FAA says," 12 June 2019 Some do so for religious reasons but, for many, daaras offer the only opportunity for children to get a basic education. The Economist, "Thousands of children are abused in Senegal’s religious schools," 11 June 2019 The state-of-the-art facility allows researchers, undergraduates and graduate students to work in drug discovery, freshwater science, food and beverage research, environmental science and other basic chemistry research. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The writing is on the wall': UWM officials cautiously optimistic for new chemistry building," 11 June 2019 Any action that concretely seeks to enhance community safety, peoples’ dignity and basic economic security, and communicates genuine care for our neighbors serves these goals. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: San Jose, Santa Clara County shows respect, concern for all," 9 June 2019 AmazonBasics’s folding fire pit is really anything but basic. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Portable Fire Pits to Build a Campfire Anywhere," 6 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meanwhile, many poor students struggle in crowded classrooms with outdated and tattered textbooks, aging computers, and a scarcity of basics that forces their teachers to turn to online fund-raisers to buy pencils, paper, books, and calculators. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "Parents to file civil rights lawsuit against state over unequal school funding," 13 June 2019 Participants will be introduced to the basics of martial arts, as well as character development topics. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 12 June 2019 What the school doesn’t have is enough money to buy life’s basics for students who need a little help. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "How a nonprofit turned Baltimore County school storage rooms into a free general store for students in need," 11 June 2019 The basics When: Tuesday, June 11, 3 p.m. ET Where: Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France TV channel: Fox More coverage - What ever happened to the world's most famous sports bra? Lila Bromberg, USA TODAY, "Women's World Cup: What time does USWNT play today vs. Thailand?," 10 June 2019 In addition to weekend tours that include a flight and tasting class, 45th Parallel offers distilling classes for those eager to go beyond the basics. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "4 Wisconsin distilleries that will leave you in good spirits," 9 June 2019 The cookies cover all the basics a true Texan or Houstonian would resonate with: from Selena and Shiner Bock to Buc-ee'sand Blue Bell Ice Cream. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Humble baker's iconic Houston and Texas-themed cookies make home-based business thrive," 6 June 2019 Wirecutter recommends to First Aid Only’s Essentials Kit, which contains the basics needed to clean up minor cuts and relieve pain. Talya Minsberg, New York Times, "How to Pack a First Aid Kit for Extended International Travel," 23 May 2019 Universal Standard, the beloved online basics company, has just made history as the most size-inclusive clothing line ever. Meagan Fredette, Teen Vogue, "Universal Standard Will Now Carry All of Its Clothing in Sizes 00-40," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of basic

Adjective

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (1)

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for basic

Adjective

base entry 1 + -ic entry 1

Noun (2)

Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

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basic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of basic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

basic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of basic (Entry 2 of 3)

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

BASIC

noun

English Language Learners Definition of BASIC (Entry 3 of 3)

computers : a simple language used for programming computers

basic

adjective
ba·​sic | \ ˈbā-sik How to pronounce basic (audio) \

Kids Definition of basic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : 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

Other Words from basic

basically \ -​si-​kə-​lē \ adverb

basic

noun

Kids Definition of basic (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is one of the simplest and most important parts of something the basics of farming

basic

adjective
ba·​sic | \ ˈbā-sik also -zik\

Medical Definition of basic

1 : of, relating to, or forming the base or essence
2a : of, relating to, containing, or having the character of a base
b : having an alkaline reaction

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