- of, relating 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 9).
- Geology. (of a rock) having relatively little silica.
- primary: basic training.
- of lowest rank: airman basic.
- (especially of a female) characterized by predictable or unoriginal style, interests, or behavior: those basic girls who follow trends.
- (of things) boringly predictable or unoriginal: His lyrics are just so basic.
- basic training.
- 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.
- Slang. a person, especially a female, who is boringly predictable or unoriginal.
- of, relating to, or forming a base or basis; fundamental; underlying
- elementary or simplea few basic facts
- excluding additions or extrasbasic pay
- of, denoting, or containing a base; alkaline
- (of a salt) containing hydroxyl or oxide groups not all of which have been replaced by an acid radicalbasic lead carbonate, 2PbCO 3 .Pb ( OH ) 2
- 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
- (of such igneous rocks as basalt) containing between 52 and 45 per cent silica
- military primary or initialbasic training
- (usually plural) a fundamental principle, fact, etc
- a computer programming language that uses common English terms
adj.1832, originally in chemistry, from base (n.) + -ic. computer language, 1964, initialism for Beginners’ All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code; invented by Hungarian-born U.S. computer scientist John G. Kemeny (1926-1992) and U.S. computer scientist Thomas E. Kurtz (b.1928). adj.
- 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.
- A simple programming language developed in the 1960s that is widely taught to students as a first programming language.