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BASIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does BASIC mean? 

BASIC (noun)
  The noun BASIC has 2 senses:

1. 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
2. (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant

  Familiarity information: BASIC used as a noun is rare.


BASIC (adjective)
  The adjective BASIC has 4 senses:

1. pertaining to or constituting a base or basis
2. reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality
3. serving as a base or starting point
4. of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base

  Familiarity information: BASIC used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


BASIC (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("BASIC" is a kind of...):

programing language; programming language ((computer science) a language designed for programming computers)


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Meaning:

(usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

staple; basic

Hypernyms ("basic" is a kind of...):

commodity; good; trade good (articles of commerce)

Domain usage:

plural; plural form (the form of a word that is used to denote more than one)


BASIC (adjective)


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Meaning:

Pertaining to or constituting a base or basis

Context examples:

a basic fact / the basic ingredients / basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities

Similar:

radical (arising from or going to the root)

grassroots (fundamental)

fundamental; rudimentary; underlying (being or involving basic facts or principles)

elemental; elementary; primary (of or being the essential or basic part)

basal; base (serving as or forming a base)

Antonym:

incidental ((sometimes followed by 'to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence)


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Meaning:

Reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality

Synonyms:

basic; canonic; canonical

Context examples:

a basic story line / a canonical syllable pattern

Similar:

standard (established or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence)


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Meaning:

Serving as a base or starting point

Synonyms:

introductory; basic

Context examples:

a basic course in Russian / basic training for raw recruits / a set of basic tools / an introductory art course

Similar:

first (preceding all others in time or space or degree)


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Meaning:

Of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base

Similar:

alkalic; alkaline (relating to or containing an alkali; having a pH greater than 7)

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)


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