1. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: incidental fundamental basal radical grassroots elementary
2. [ adjective ] reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality
Synonyms: canonical canonic

"a basic story line" "a canonical syllable pattern"

Related terms: standard
3. [ adjective ] of primary importance
Synonyms: primary basal

"basic truths"

Related terms: essential
4. [ adjective ] serving as a base or starting point
Synonyms: introductory

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

Related terms: first
5. [ noun ] (computer science) 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
Related terms: programming_language
6. [ adjective ] (education) of elementary education
Synonyms: basal beginning primary abecedarian

"a basal reader" "children in the beginning reading classes" "the primary grades"

Related terms: elementary
7. [ adjective ] (chemistry) of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base
Related terms: chemistry alkaline
8. [ noun ] (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
Synonyms: staple
Related terms: commodity plural
Similar spelling:   basics