• WordNet 3.6
    • adj basic of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base
    • adj basic 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"
    • adj basic 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"
    • adj basic reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality "a basic story line","a canonical syllable pattern"
    • n basic (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
    • n BASIC 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As a defense mechanism, the North American Opossum closes its eyes and becomes totally limp. Basically it plays dead
    • Basic (Chem) Apparently alkaline, as certain normal salts which exhibit alkaline reactions with test paper.
    • Basic (Chem) 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.
    • Basic (Chem) Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt.
    • Basic (Min) Said of crystalline rocks which contain a relatively low percentage of silica, as basalt.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The zebra is basically a light-colored animal with black stripes.
    • basic Relating to a base; of the nature of a base; fundamental.
    • basic 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.
    • basic In geology, containing a relatively small amount of silica: applied to crystalline rocks, as basalt: opposed to acidic.
    • basic In anatomy, basal; basilar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When someone commits suicide while jumping off a building, so much adrenaline builds up that you have a heart attack and die before hitting the ground. Thus making this way of commiting usicide basically the easiest.
    • adj Basic (chem.) belonging to or of the nature of a base
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  • Mortimer J. Adler
    Mortimer J. Adler
    “Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.”
  • Stephen R. Covey
    “Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration.”
  • Scott Alexander
    Scott Alexander
    “The basic rule of free enterprise: You must give in order to get.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.”
  • John Foster Dulles
    John Foster Dulles
    “Of all tasks of government the most basic is to protect its citizens against violence.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L.—Gr. basisba-, in bainein, to go.


In literature:

He stood at his shelves, selecting the basic chemicals.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
Abravanel told me to stay away from him, to run an entirely new basic survey.
"The K-Factor" by Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
Like all great ideas, this one was basically simple.
"The Misplaced Battleship" by Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
They may be growing their trees in basic limestone soils.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
That means nine point nine oh six kilograms of duodec basic charge, with one five percent over and one five percent under that for alternates.
"The Vortex Blaster" by Edward Elmer Smith
Such was the basic economic institution of feudalism.
"Socialism" by John Spargo
The basic prana-aura is practically colorless, that is to say, it is about the color of the clearest water or a very clear diamond.
"The Human Aura" by Swami Panchadasi
There it went into a mechanism whose basic principles Hilton could not understand.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
Basically, it was a codicil, of a rather specialized nature, to the physical report.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
All require certain basic prerequisites before they will work effectively for the individual.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers

In poetry:

Where dim alchemic powers rebuild,
To Law's immutable designs,
The primal, unapparent shrines
With Being's basic mystery filled—
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
New things which happen,
whet our hunger for basic food.
Our discoveries are masks
over an even darker reality,
that wound we bear
on the skin of our souls.
"The Wander's Illusion" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
Encamped upon the college plain
Raw veterans already train
As freshman forces;
Instructors with sarcastic tongue
Shepherd the battle-weary young
Through basic courses.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
So with humiliation I
Think of my basic origin;
And yet with some relief I sigh,—
I might have been conceived in sin;
Instead of being, I believe,
The offspring of a nuptial eve.
"Procreation" by Robert W Service
You ask me what it is I do. Well, actually, you know,
I'm partly a liaison man, and partly P.R.O.
Essentially, I integrate the current export drive
And basically I'm viable from ten o'clock till five.
"Executive" by Sir John Betjeman
And I answer him, sir, Bosh!
Bosh! How dare he call me Sosh!
Our position is invinc - er - ah - invincible!
His remarks, sir, I resent,
And I hold my argument
Is a basic principle of - um - of principle!
"The Logic Of Anti-Sosh" by C J Dennis

In news:

Beyond Basic Motorcycle Training Street Savvy.
So, you've passed the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course and there's a motorcycle endorsement on your license now.
Converge go back to basics.
So, we build a better mousetrap, the hackers basically create a better mouse.
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Back to Basics dog food.
The event is called "9 Lives for $9" and basically, that means any adolescent cat (age 9 months or older) has an adoption fee of $9.
Cheerleaders, who are basically just bundles of muscle fiber and energy in short skirts, get little respect as athletes.
Apart from the basic problem of market size potential, there is a more fundamental problem in the development of cellulosic -based biofuels.
Chace hammers home the basics of filmmaking … every one of them.
Chace hammers home the basics of filmmaking … every one of them.
Pre-season target practice is a basic requirement for hunters.
It teaches the basic skills needed to complete any antler project to create your own unique work of art.
It was converted to a static model, with a basic static chassis replacing the slot-car running gear.
Glenn Chaple 's Observing Basics: Sketching 101.
Here, the spiraling number of clients seeking money for basic necessities meets the shrinking resources of her community service organization.

In science:

Thus, our basic assumption is that in the High-Tc superconductor there is a strong phonon-phonon interaction.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
The basic idea of BCS theory is that in the presence of even a weak interaction between electrons they cooperate in the Cooper pairs that leads to decreasing the ground state energy of superconductor in comparison with the normal state.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
By applying such model to the High-Tc superconductivity we should be delicate: certainly a single electron exists but the basic idea is the same: the string interaction leads to an essential increase of the binding energy of the Cooper pair.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
Heisenberg’s basic idea proceeds from the fact that the n-point Green functions must be found from some infinity differential equations system derived from the field equation for the field operator.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
In this section, we recall from [DL2] the basic definitions (of generalized vertex algebra and module) and basic duality properties.
Generalized vertex algebras generated by parafermion-like vertex operators