- The definition of basic is something that is essential, or something with a pH level higher than 7.
- An example of basic is flour in a recipe for bread.
- An example of basic is sodium hydrochloride.
- Something basic is defined as something that is necessary to know or learn.
An example of a basic is the knowledge of how to add and subtract.
Flour is a basic ingredient for making bread.
- of, at, or forming a base; fundamental; essential
- constituting a basis or introduction; elementary: basic military training
- Chem. of, having the nature of, or containing a base; alkaline
- designating, of, or resulting from a process of manufacturing steel from high-phosphorus iron, in which the refining agent is a basic slag formed from a basic furnace lining and the addition of lime
- Geol. designating or of igneous rocks with 45-52% silica
- a basic principle, factor, etc.: usually used in pl.
- basic military training
Origin of BASICB(eginner's) A(ll-purpose) S(ymbolic) I(nstruction) C(ode)
- Of, relating to, or forming a base; fundamental: “Basic changes in public opinion often occur because of shifts in concerns and priorities” (Atlantic).
- Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis: a basic course in Russian; a set of basic woodworking tools.
- Chemistry a. Of or relating to a base.b. Containing a base, especially in excess of acid.c. Alkaline.
- Geology Containing little silica, as certain igneous rocks.
- An essential, fundamental element or entity: the basics of math.
- Basic training.
Origin of BASICB(eginner's) A(ll-purpose) S(ymbolic) I(nstruction) C(ode).
(comparative more basic, superlative most basic)
- A family of third-generation computer programming languages (c.1964 on).
- Many programs were written for the Sinclair Spectrum computer in BASIC.
Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
basic - Computer Definition
(Beginners All purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) A programming language developed by John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz in the mid-1960s at Dartmouth College. Originally developed as an interactive language for mainframes (see timesharing), it became widely used on small computers. There are several versions of Basic that continue to evolve (see Business Basic), including Microsoft's Visual Basic, which is very popular (see Visual Basic). Compiler and Interpreter BASIC is available in both compiler and interpreter form. As an interpreter, the language is conversational and can be debugged a line at a time. It can also be used as a quick calculator. BASIC is considered one of the easiest programming languages to learn, and simple programs can be quickly written on the fly. The following BASIC example converts Fahrenheit to Celsius: 10 INPUT "Enter Fahrenheit "; FAHR 20 PRINT "Celsius is ", (FAHR-32) * 5 / 9