from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or forming a base; fundamental: "Basic changes in public opinion often occur because of shifts in concerns and priorities” ( Atlantic).
  • adj. Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis: a basic course in Russian; a set of basic woodworking tools.
  • adj. Chemistry Of or relating to a base.
  • adj. Chemistry Containing a base, especially in excess of acid.
  • adj. Chemistry Alkaline.
  • adj. Geology Containing little silica, as igneous rocks.
  • n. An essential, fundamental element or entity: the basics of math.
  • n. Basic training.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. necessary, essential for life or some process.
  • adj. elementary, simple, fundamental, merely functional.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a base; antonym of acidic
  • n. A necessary commodity, a staple requirement.
  • n. An elementary building block, e.g. a fundamental piece of knowledge.
  • n. basic training.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj.
  • adj. Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt.
  • adj. Having the base in excess, or the amount of the base atomically greater than that of the acid, or exceeding in proportion that of the related neutral salt.
  • adj. Apparently alkaline, as certain normal salts which exhibit alkaline reactions with test paper.
  • adj. Said of crystalline rocks which contain a relatively low percentage of silica, as basalt.
  • n. an artificial computer language with a relatively simplified instruction set.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to a base; of the nature of a base; fundamental.
  • In chem.: Performing the office of a base in a salt. Having the base in excess; having more than one equivalent of the base for each equivalent of acid.
  • In geology, containing a relatively small amount of silica: applied to crystalline rocks, as basalt: opposed to acidic.
  • In anatomy, basal; basilar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality
  • adj. serving as a base or starting point
  • adj. pertaining to or constituting a base or basis
  • adj. of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base
  • n. (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
  • n. 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


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