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. of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base
  8. Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt.
  9. 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.
  10. Apparently alkaline, as certain normal salts which exhibit alkaline reactions with test paper.
  11. Said of crystalline rocks which contain a relatively low percentage of silica, as basalt.
  12. Fundamental; as, a basic principle; in chemistry, per forming the office of a base in a salt.
  13. Relating to a base of any kind; basilar, basal; basylous.
  14. Relating to a base; bacillar.
  15. Of, pertaining to, or like a base.
  16. Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt; having the base in excess.
  17. Acting as a base; possessing the base in excess.

Usage examples for basic

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  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. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. That's only the basic principle of business competition for the good of the consuming public. – All-Wool Morrison by Holman Day
  11. 5. What is the basic defect of party government? – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. The Belt Cities provide for a basic education, of course. – Anchorite by Randall Garrett
  18. 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
  19. My basic observation dates a long way back. – The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles by Jean Henri Fabre