from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Of, relating to, or forming a base; fundamental.
- adjective Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis.
- adjective Of or relating to a base.
- adjective Containing a base, especially in excess of acid.
- adjective Alkaline.
- adjective Geology Containing little silica, as certain igneous rocks.
- noun An essential, fundamental element or entity.
- noun Basic training.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Computers) an artificial computer language with a relatively simplified instruction set.
- adjective Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt.
- adjective 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.
- adjective Apparently alkaline, as certain normal salts which exhibit alkaline reactions with test paper.
- adjective (Min.) Said of crystalline rocks which contain a relatively low percentage of silica, as basalt.
- adjective (Chem.) a salt formed from a base or hydroxide by the partial replacement of its hydrogen by a negative or acid element or radical.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
necessary, essentialfor life or some process.
elementary, simple, fundamental, merely functional.
- adjective chemistry Of or pertaining to a
base; antonym of acidic
- noun A
necessary commodity, a staple requirement.
- noun An
elementary building block, e.g. a fundamentalpiece of knowledge.
- noun military
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality
- adjective serving as a base or starting point
- adjective pertaining to or constituting a base or basis
- adjective of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base
- noun (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
- noun 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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