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Definitions of basic

  1. reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality; " a basic story line"; " a canonical syllable pattern"
  2. ( usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
  3. a popular programming language that is relatively easy to learn ( Beginner's All- purpose Symbolic Instruction Code); no longer in general use
  4. ( chemistry) of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base
  5. serving as a base or starting point; " a basic course in Russian"; " basic training for raw recruits"; " a set of basic tools"; " an introductory art course"
  6. 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"
  7. 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
  8. of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base
  9. Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt.
  10. 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.
  11. Apparently alkaline, as certain normal salts which exhibit alkaline reactions with test paper.
  12. Said of crystalline rocks which contain a relatively low percentage of silica, as basalt.
  13. Fundamental; as, a basic principle; in chemistry, per forming the office of a base in a salt.
  14. Relating to a base of any kind; basilar, basal; basylous.
  15. Relating to a base; bacillar.
  16. Of, pertaining to, or like a base.
  17. Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt; having the base in excess.
  18. Acting as a base; possessing the base in excess.
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Quotes of basic

  1. Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. – Joseph Addison
  2. In Harvest of Stars, there is this notion, not original with me of course, that it will become possible to download at least the basic aspects of a human personality into a machine program. – Poul Anderson
  3. Success in management and success in sport are derived from the same basic principles. – Will Carling
  4. Thirteen thousand dollars a year is not enough to raise a family. That's not enough to pay your bills and save for their future. That's barely enough to provide for even the most basic needs. – Thomas Carper
  5. Only truthful hands write true poems. I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem. – Paul Celan
  6. And here where the fact that we've given over half a billion dollars to New York really plays a role, because New York has already made a lot of investments in the kinds of things which you'd expect to have as basic security. – Michael Chertoff
  7. When the target audience is American teenage kids, you can have problems. My generation prized really fine acting and writing. Sometimes you have to go back to the basic principles which underpin great visual comedy. – John Cleese
  8. The desire to get married, which- I regret to say, I believe is basic and primal in women- is followed almost immediately by an equally basic and primal urge- which is to be single again. – Nora Ephron
  9. So I can't show you how, exactly, health care is a basic human right. But what I can argue is that no one should have to die of a disease that is treatable. – Paul Farmer
  10. This is a basic requirement the meaning of globalization is that we should admit that the economy of each country is dependent on the economy of all the others. – Richard Grasso
  11. It's both funny and sad which seem to me to be the two basic ingredients of good comedy. – Tony Hancock
  12. It is a strange fact that freedom and equality, the two basic ideas of democracy, are to some extent contradictory. Logically considered, freedom and equality are mutually exclusive, just as society and the individual are mutually exclusive. – Thomas Mann
  13. There are no right and wrong ways to work in this business, but there are some basic common -sense practices. Work very, very hard and always be prepared; never give up; and once you get the job, give them more than they ever expected: - Shine! – Jimmy Smits
  14. I think that if we get back to some basic fundamental principles, we can make sure that we resolve the issues. And I think that that's what the Tea Party was all about. It's getting back to a constitutional conservative government. And that is limited, but it's also effective and efficient. I think that that's what we'll be able to do. – Allen West
  15. Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas. – Alfred North Whitehead

Usage examples for basic

  1. This cast doubt on the theory that everything was composed from the four basic elements: air, water, fire, and earth. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  2. The whole basic conception of a system of estates, which recurs everywhere in mediaeval life, is a Platonic conception. – The Unity of Civilization by Various
  3. That's why I'm an engineer instead of a basic research man; that's why I'll never get a Scholar's degree. – Dead Giveaway by Gordon Randall Garrett
  4. But after all, are not the basic and fundamental things these ideals that I have named? – Craftsmanship in Teaching by William Chandler Bagley
  5. The Belt Cities provide for a basic education, of course. – Anchorite by Randall Garrett
  6. Work should proceed on the basic trunk lines if this work is to be a success. – State of the Union Addresses of Calvin Coolidge by Calvin Coolidge
  7. The family had for centuries presented the basic most important unit in the social structure of the country. – Area Handbook for Albania by Eugene K. Keefe Sarah Jane Elpern William Giloane James M. Moore, Jr. Stephen Peters Eston T. White
  8. In short, the subscribers had a basic right to choose the directors of the business and to determine the division of its rewards, but the great men would run it. – The Virginia Company Of London, 1606-1624 by Wesley Frank Craven
  9. The war had been fought upon the theory that the old Union must be preserved; but the basic theory of the reconstruction was that a new Union was to be created. – The Sequel of Appomattox A Chronicle of the Reunion of the States, Volume 32 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Walter Lynwood Fleming
  10. Their search had been divided into sections, search for weapons with which to defend themselves in case they were attacked, and search for the basic principles underlying the operation of their space ships. – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  11. The criticism is that the basic causes of the problem are never dealt with and the unconscious conflict is not resolved. – A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis by Melvin Powers
  12. Had these men and women who had outwardly reverted to the life of their nomad ancestors once been well educated in the modern sense, educated enough to learn the basic language of the nation their rulers had set up as their principal enemy? – The Defiant Agents by Andre Alice Norton
  13. First, some thirty or forty million years ago, the basic stock which eventually gave rise to both man and the ape came into existence in the vicinity of the Nile Valley. – The Black Experience in America The Immigrant Heritage of America by Norman Coombs
  14. There are, however, many basic problems to be solved for the solution of which there exists no precedent." – The First Airplane Diesel Engine: Packard Model DR-980 of 1928 by Robert B. Meyer
  15. That's only the basic principle of business competition for the good of the consuming public. – All-Wool Morrison by Holman Day
  16. My basic observation dates a long way back. – The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles by Jean Henri Fabre
  17. 5. What is the basic defect of party government? – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson
  18. You must also have prepared yourself, said Paul, to accept me with the basic philosophy that must guide me in this matter. – Human Error by Raymond F. Jones
  19. Intelligent curiosity and a desire to know the best that the best minds could teach were a basic part of his character. – The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders by Ernest Scott
  20. Mystic intuition and mystic emotion will thus be regarded, not as antagonistic to sense impression, but as dependent on it- not as scornful of reason, but merely as more basic and primitive. – Nature Mysticism by J. Edward Mercer