Main definitions of basic in US English:

: basic1BASIC2

basic1

adjective

  • 1Forming an essential foundation or starting point; fundamental.

    ‘certain basic rules must be obeyed’
    ‘the laying down of arms is basic to the agreement’
    • ‘Abundance and the variety and quality of raw ingredients have been basic to American cookery from the beginning.’
    • ‘Access to information is basic to the democratic way of life.’
    • ‘Throughout the day they constantly freshened their makeup and adjusted their hair ornaments, and a mirror was of course basic to these tasks.’
    • ‘The question you have asked is basic to much of modern-day science activity.’
    • ‘Place the things that are most important and functionally basic to the site's purpose at the forefront.’
    • ‘Differentiation, diversity and thus complexity are basic to the beauty of creation.’
    • ‘Readers' support is no doubt very basic to the survival of any periodical.’
    • ‘Digital imaging standardization is basic to all image decision support systems.’
    • ‘Design and craft fulfil practical needs, but they are elevated from the absolute basic to an interactive experience.’
    • ‘Worship, silence and manual labour were basic to the regime of communities which later provided educational and medical services.’
    • ‘Reciprocity was basic to all forms of social interaction in ancient Mediterranean society.’
    • ‘I take this to be basic to poetry and to art in general, though I realize that this is not true for many poets, at the moment.’
    • ‘Writing about the environment and about how science affects people is as basic to the trade as writing about money or politics.’
    • ‘Cheap labor and materials are basic to postwar industry and finances.’
    • ‘This mix of a legume and grass is basic to pasture in New Zealand.’
    • ‘It is basic to our sense of security, stability, educational success and health.’
    • ‘Principles generally accepted as basic to democracy are those of political equality and popular control of government.’
    • ‘This kind of scepticism is basic to the English political tradition, whose truths force themselves upon all governments.’
    • ‘A more flexible labour market is basic to our recent economic success.’
    • ‘He claimed that outstanding scientific collections were basic to first-rate scientific work.’
    fundamental, rudimentary, primary, principal, cardinal, chief, elementary, elemental, root
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    1. 1.1 Offering or consisting in the minimum required without elaboration or luxury; simplest or lowest in level.
      ‘the food was good, if a bit basic’
      ‘basic and unsophisticated resorts’
      • ‘We will illustrate this in several conservative portfolios running from basic to fully developed.’
      • ‘What are the basic minimum requirements for one to set up a restaurant and do these so called restaurants meet the standards?’
      • ‘It has some really fun recipes, ranging from very basic to quite advanced.’
      • ‘You'll find the most basic offerings are the healthiest ones as well.’
      • ‘Almost any operating system can meet the basic task requirements you listed.’
      • ‘I know it seems kinda basic to be writing this, I mean, we're all skiers here right?’
      • ‘His product has the advantage of being faster than most rivals' basic broadband offerings.’
      • ‘This should lead to a form that requires families to list their basic contact information.’
      • ‘The following list is a minimum basic guide as to what you will need.’
      • ‘We are not talking about luxury extras, but basic programmed repairs.’
      • ‘The question seems almost too basic: What constitutes successful treatment?’
      • ‘Though we found them to be tasty enough, it would be difficult for such basic offerings to be made truly impressive.’
      • ‘The business jet also comes with a choice of interior decoration ranging from the basic to sumptuous.’
      • ‘But, in general the musical tastes of the kids in Wales was basic to say the least.’
      • ‘Forest dwelling hunter-gatherer communities are never very large, but they need a basic minimum area for subsistence.’
      • ‘Contestants will have limited food and are only allowed to take with them two basic luxury items.’
      • ‘Keep your potatoes basic to make them a beneficial part of your diet.’
      • ‘Let's take a look at several different toplogies, from basic to more advanced.’
      • ‘Shopping carts range from basic to those with more advanced options.’
      • ‘Accommodation on safari varies from basic camping to luxury lodges and tented camps.’
      lowest, bottom, starting, ground, undermost
      plain, simple, unsophisticated, straightforward, adequate, unadorned, undecorated, unornamented, without frills
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    2. 1.2 Common to or required by everyone; primary and ineradicable or inalienable.
      ‘basic human rights’
      • ‘Everyone accepts that freedom of speech is a basic human right.’
      • ‘Being a week of Remembrance, we all need to observe that everyone has the basic human right to freedom of speech.’
      • ‘The four fundamental interests are embodied in an authoritative code of basic human rights.’
      • ‘How many of those elements are set forth in or necessarily implied by the basic human rights instruments?’
      • ‘That philosophy is that there is a basic human right of health for everyone.’
      • ‘The business is still profitable as everyone needs basic commodities regardless of price or financial standing.’
      • ‘Leaving a small child alone at home defies basic, fundamental common sense.’
      • ‘And the shortest road to equality is to provide for everyone's basic human needs free of charge.’
      • ‘Asylum and immigration issues have at their heart the fundamental principles of basic human rights.’
      • ‘The meeting would help to raise awareness that everyone should enjoy the basic human right of freedom of choice in marriage, she said.’
      • ‘Literacy is both an essential skill and a basic human right.’
      • ‘As we hear today what the year may bring forth, I think it is wise to remind ourselves of these three basic human requirements.’
      • ‘This bill shows the government's disrespect for basic human rights and established legal principles.’
      • ‘Best of all, his choreography speaks unabashedly from and to basic human emotions.’
      • ‘I agree that substantial freedoms are a vital component of basic human dignity.’
      • ‘Many constitutions require that basic rights can be curtailed only if less onerous measures are not available.’
      • ‘It has to do with the basic human repertoire of emotions, cognitive capabilities and even longevity of life.’
      • ‘It seems a process of alienation has taken place that has undermined common sense and basic human decency.’
      • ‘Revenge is a basic human emotion, but revenge only becomes justice if carried out by the State.’
      • ‘We treat food as a marketable commodity, instead of as a basic human necessity.’
    3. 1.3North American derogatory, informal Having tastes, interests, or attitudes regarded as mainstream or conventional (typically used of a woman)
      ‘if your date orders vegetable tempura you know she is totally basic’
  • 2Chemistry
    Having the properties of a base, or containing a base; having a pH greater than 7.

    Often contrasted with acid or acidic; compare with alkaline
    • ‘In the presence of a basic solution, litmus will lose hydronium ions and turn blue.’
    • ‘Compounds that react with water to form hydroxide ions are called basic anhydrides.’
    • ‘A water solution of soda ash has a basic pH and a strong alkaline taste.’
    • ‘Values between 7 and 14 are found in basic or alkaline solutions such as caustic or washing soda.’
    • ‘Blue litmus paper turns red in acidic solution, and red litmus paper turns blue in basic solution.’
    1. 2.1Geology (of rock, especially igneous rock) relatively poor in silica.
      • ‘It appears that basic magmas across the Gardar Province were derived from a heterogeneous, enriched lithospheric mantle reservoir.’
      • ‘All the Gardar basic rocks are inferred to have been derived from the mantle, with relatively little crustal contamination.’
      • ‘The Liva Member includes parts of the formation composed of basic lavas and tuffs with only minor interbedded sediments.’
      • ‘Enstatite occurs in plutonic basic and ultrabasic rocks such as peridotite and norite, and also in some high-grade metamorphic rocks.’
      • ‘Quarzitic gneiss, low-grade metamorphic basic rocks, phyllites and dark chert can be abundant in some layers.’
    2. 2.2Metallurgy Relating to or denoting steelmaking processes involving lime-rich refractories and slags.
      • ‘Accounting for 60% of the world's total output of crude steel, the Basic Oxygen Steelmaking (BOS) process is the dominant steelmaking technology.’
      • ‘Refractory bricks for steel production include Basic refractory bricks and High-Alumina refractory bricks.’
      • ‘The lining must resist high temperature, oxidized basic slag and liquid metal.’
      • ‘The refractories for casting a basic substance are used for ladles, tundishes, vacuum degasing furnaces, mixers, and the like.’
      • ‘I moved to the open hearth to explore the use of basic refractories-magnesite, chrome-magnesite and chrome brick-for furnace linings.’

noun

basics
informal
  • 1The essential facts or principles of a subject or skill.

    ‘learning the basics of the business’
    ‘storytelling has re-emerged as people have turned back to basics’
    • ‘Players do the equivalent of tying a piece of string around their finger to remember the basics.’
    • ‘More importantly though, it reminded me to get back to basics as far as parenting skills go, and dig out some of the books out of the boxes.’
    • ‘It is time to take a good hard look at our daily routines and re-learn the basics that are essential for health and longevity.’
    • ‘He felt that the best way to go back to basics was to start teaching.’
    • ‘A It's all too easy sometimes to forget the healthcare basics.’
    • ‘Beth ran her through the basics, softly explaining how the gun functioned.’
    • ‘By now you might have taken some of my words to heart, and so here are the basics in buying and owning a scooter’
    • ‘Hence, the need of the hour is a school for our youth and talented players to congregate and learn the basics and the skills of the sport.’
    • ‘Until you understand the basics of functions and algebra, the thought that a number can be predicted is a surprising one.’
    • ‘Most of the suffering due to sickness could be avoided if we knew the basics of health, exercise and nutrition.’
    • ‘And surely they're old enough to learn the basics of critical thinking skills and skeptical analysis.’
    • ‘Once you're comfortable with the tai chi basics, you can do it by yourself.’
    • ‘What really bothers me is that people seem to have an incomplete foundation in the basics of language skills.’
    • ‘This explains why one of the basics of food hygiene is to keep raw or cold food cold, and cooked or hot food, piping hot.’
    • ‘It's quite alright to start within your comfort zone to help you build confidence and get the basics down pat.’
    • ‘Instead we should return to core food values, back to nutritional basics and revert to the heritage school dinners of old.’
    • ‘But once the bubble has burst they turn back to basics and begin studying exactly what companies and their profits are up to.’
    • ‘I'm thinking it'll be necessary to go right back to basics.’
    • ‘Most Mothering readers know the basics of a healthy parent-child relationship.’
    • ‘Under the program, nutrition educators taught students the basics about healthy eating.’
    fundamentals, essentials, rudiments, principles, first principles, foundations, preliminaries, groundwork
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    1. 1.1 Essential food and other supplies.
      ‘people are facing a shortage of basics like flour’
      • ‘The seniors identified a need for basics such as food, water and shelter.’
      • ‘Many people appear to be saving their spare cash after paying out more for basics such as food, transport and health.’
      • ‘Customers could still buy basics like salt, vinegar, tobacco, soap and candles.’
      • ‘On other occasions, the candidate had promised a nation where people do not have to choose between basics, such as food and medicine.’
      • ‘Rule one is stick to basics: Order baked or broiled meat dishes, without breading or sauces.’
      • ‘When it comes down to basics it is really nothing more than an amalgam of sugar, salt, herbs, spices and vitamins with brewer's yeast.’
      • ‘Grain farming became less popular - this, again, kept towns and cities short of such basics as bread.’
      • ‘Aid agencies on the ground continued to warn that millions across the region were without the basics of food and clean water.’
      • ‘Upon chancing a nibble, however, I felt that it could have done with a little bit more of the basics, namely salt and pepper.’
      • ‘Lentils and a few spices and other basics can lead to unexpected winter delights on a budget.’
      • ‘Even the animals' access to basics such as water, food and veterinary care is often severely limited.’
      • ‘It is not an addiction, it is simply that good cheese is as high on my list of basics for a decent life as good bread, strong coffee and leafy green salad.’
      • ‘After surviving such an event, people need basics - food, shelter, medical care, and consolation.’
      • ‘In my shopping basket I always have vegetable basics like carrots, broccoli and spinach in a bag.’
      • ‘A $24,000 income leaves no room to purchase basics such as health insurance or new clothing.’
      • ‘Here are a few ways to make the most of your party basics without skimping on style or comfort’
      • ‘These people are not even afforded the very basics of health care, like vaccines or antibiotics.’
      • ‘Families crowd into tiny, ramshackle homes and scrounge for food as well as soap, paper and other basics.’
      • ‘They are concerned with getting the basics for survival; shelter, food, water.’
      • ‘Restrict yourself to the basics, like a barley soup and some canned vegetables.’
    2. 1.2Military Basic training.
      • ‘I would have been there but I had just finished basics and was only 17 and too young.’
      • ‘When we did basics in the army, you just mention you're tired all the time and they grab you, jab you with a needle.’
      • ‘Yes, I have finished basics!’
      • ‘After he finished “basics,” he was transferred to Laredo, Texas, to be trained as an Army Air Force gunner.’
      • ‘Sailors learn Army basics to prep for downrange deployment.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from base + -ic.

Pronunciation

basic

/ˈbeɪsɪk//ˈbāsik/

Main definitions of basic in US English:

: basic1BASIC2

BASIC2

noun

  • A simple high-level computer programming language that uses familiar English words, designed for beginners and formerly used widely.

Origin

1960s: acronym from Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.

Pronunciation

BASIC

/ˈbāsik//ˈbeɪsɪk/