See under basic (def 3).
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.
of lowest rank:
(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.
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.
The basic process is the latest development, in this direction, of science as applied to metallurgy.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 417 Various
of, relating to, or forming a base or basis; fundamental; underlying
elementary or simple: a few basic facts
excluding additions or extras: basic 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(of a salt) containing hydroxyl or oxide groups not all of which have been replaced by an acid radical: basic lead carbonate, 2PbCO3.Pb(OH)2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 initial: basic training
(usually pl) a fundamental principle, fact, etc
a computer programming language that uses common English terms
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).
basic ba·sic (bā’sĭk)
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.
Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
- Basic proposition
protocol (def 6).
- Basic programming support
basic programming support operating system, tool (BPS, colloquially: Barely Programming Support) A suite of utility routines from IBM to perform very simple procedures like formatting a disk or labelling a tape. BPS was only available on punched cards. [Dates?] (1998-07-08)
- Basic rate
base rate. the rate of pay per unit of time, as by the hour, or per piece, or for work performed at an established standard rate. Historical Examples But the basic rate to the East and Europe, fixing the all-rail rates, is the combined lake and rail. Railroads: Rates and Regulations William Z. Ripley It […]
- Basic rate interface
basic rate interface communications (BRI, 2B+D, 2B1D) An Integrated Services Digital Network channel consisting of two 64 kbps “bearer” (B) channels and one 16 kbps “delta” (D) channel, giving a total data rate of 144 kbps. The B channels are used for voice or user data, and the D channel is used for control and […]