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Adjective: basic  bey-sik
  1. Reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality
    "a basic story line";
    - canonic, canonical
     
  2. Pertaining to or constituting a base or basis
    "a basic fact"; "the basic ingredients"; "basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities"
     
  3. Serving as a base or starting point
    "a basic course in Russian"; "basic training for raw recruits"; "a set of basic tools";
    - introductory
     
  4. (chemistry) of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base
     
  5. (chemistry) relating to or containing an alkali; having a pH greater than 7
    "basic soils derived from chalk or limestone";
    - alkaline, alkalic
Noun: basic  bey-sik
  1. (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
    - staple
Noun: BASIC  bey-sik
  1. A popular programming language that is relatively easy to learn; an acronym for beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code; no longer in general use

Derived forms: basics

See also: alcalescent, alkalescent, basal, base, base-forming, elemental, elementary, first, fundamental, grassroots, primary, radical, rudimentary, saltlike, standard, underlying

Type of: commodity, good, programing language [US], programming language, trade good

Antonym: incidental

Encyclopedia: Basic

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