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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a popular programming language that is relatively easy to learn (Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code); no longer in general use Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (chemistry) of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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 Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Apparently alkaline, as certain normal salts which exhibit alkaline reactions with test paper. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Said of crystalline rocks which contain a relatively low percentage of silica, as basalt. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Fundamental; as, a basic principle; in chemistry, per forming the office of a base in a salt. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Relating to a base of any kind; basilar, basal; basylous. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  15. Relating to a base; bacillar. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  16. Of, pertaining to, or like a base. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt; having the base in excess. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Acting as a base; possessing the base in excess. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. [Greek] Appl. stains which act in general on nuclear contents of cell; cf. acidic; appl. number, the minimum haploid chromosome number occurring in a series of euploid species of a genus; chromosome number in gametes of diploid ancestor of a polyploid organism. na
  20. It stands for beginners all purpose symbolic instruction code. It makes it easy for a user to interact with a program. Microsoft turned this into DOS and visual basic programs. It acts as a control language. thelawdictionary.org
  21. Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.A simple language originally designed for ease of programmingby students and beginners. Many dialects exist, and BASIC ispopular on microcomputers with sound and graphics support.Most micro versions are interactive and interpreted.BASIC has become the leading cause of brain-damage inproto-hackers. This is another case (like Pascal) of thecascading lossage that happens when a language deliberatelydesigned as an educational toy gets taken too seriously. Anovice can write short BASIC programs (on the order of 10-20lines) very easily; writing anything longer is painful andencourages bad habits that will make it harder to use morepowerful languages. This wouldn't be so bad if historicalaccidents hadn't made BASIC so common on low-end micros. Asit is, it ruins thousands of potential wizards a year.Originally, all references to code, both GOTO and GOSUB(subroutine call) referred to the destination by its linenumber. This allowed for very simple editing in the daysbefore text editors were considered essential. Just typingthe line number deleted the line and to edit a line you justtyped the new line with the same number. Programs weretypically numbered in steps of ten to allow for insertions.Later versions, such as BASIC V, allow GOTO-lessstructured programming with named procedures andfunctions, IF-THEN-ELSE-ENDIF constructs and WHILE loopsetc.Early BASICs had no graphic operations except with graphiccharacters. In the 1970s BASIC interpreters became standardfeatures in mainframes and minicomputers. Some versionsincluded matrix operations as language primitives.A public domain interpreter for a mixture of DEC'sMU-Basic and Microsoft Basic is here(ftp://oak.oakland.edu/pub/Unix-c/languages/basic/basic.tar-z).A yacc parser and interpreter were in thecomp.sources.unix archives volume 2.See also ANSI Minimal BASIC, bournebasic, bwBASIC,ubasic, Visual Basic. foldoc_fs
  22. an artificial computer language with a relatively simplified instruction set. dictgcide_fs
  23. Of, at. forming, base; fundamental; (Chem.) having base atomically more than acid (salts); (Min.) slightly silicated (igneous rock); prepared by non-siliceous process (steel). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. Pertaining to, or having qualities of, a base. American pocket medical dictionary.
  25. Relating to a base of any kind. In chemistry, pertaining to, or having the properties of a base; of salts, containing an excess of the b. constituent. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  26. (Chem.) Relating to, or acting as, the base of a salt. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy

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