What does basic mean?

Definitions for basic
ˈbeɪ sɪkba·sic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. BASICnoun

    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. basic, stapleadjective

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

  3. basicadjective

    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"

  4. basic, canonic, canonicaladjective

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

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

  5. basic, introductoryadjective

    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"

  6. basicadjective

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

Wiktionary

  1. basicnoun

    A necessary commodity, a staple requirement.

    Rice is a basic for many Asian villagers.

  2. basicnoun

    An elementary building block, e.g. a fundamental piece of knowledge.

    Arithmetic is a basic for the study of mathematics.

  3. basicnoun

    basic training.

  4. basicadjective

    necessary, essential for life or some process.

    Flour is a basic ingredient of bread.

  5. basicadjective

    elementary, simple, fundamental, merely functional.

    The Hotel Sparta's accommodation is purely basic.

  6. basicadjective

    Of or pertaining to a base; antonym of acidic

  7. BASICnoun

    A family of third-generation programming languages (c.1964 on).

    Many programs were written for the Sinclair Spectrum computer in BASIC.

  8. Basicnoun

    A family of third-generation computer programming languages (c.1964 on).

    Many programs were written for the Sinclair Spectrum computer in BASIC.

  9. Etymology: Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

Wikipedia

  1. BASIC

    BASIC (Beginners' All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) is a family of general-purpose, high-level programming languages designed for ease of use. The original version was created by John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz at Dartmouth College in 1963. They wanted to enable students in non-scientific fields to use computers. At the time, nearly all computers required writing custom software, which only scientists and mathematicians tended to learn. In addition to the program language, Kemeny and Kurtz developed the Dartmouth Time Sharing System (DTSS), which allowed multiple users to edit and run BASIC programs simultaneously on remote terminals. This general model became very popular on minicomputer systems like the PDP-11 and Data General Nova in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Hewlett-Packard produced an entire computer line for this method of operation, introducing the HP2000 series in the late 1960s and continuing sales into the 1980s. Many early video games trace their history to one of these versions of BASIC. The emergence of microcomputers in the mid-1970s led to the development of multiple BASIC dialects, including Microsoft BASIC in 1975. Due to the tiny main memory available on these machines, often 4 KB, a variety of Tiny BASIC dialects were also created. BASIC was available for almost any system of the era, and became the de facto programming language for home computer systems that emerged in the late 1970s. These PCs almost always had a BASIC interpreter installed by default, often in the machine's firmware or sometimes on a ROM cartridge. BASIC declined in popularity in the 1990s, as more powerful microcomputers came to market and programming languages with advanced features (such as Pascal and C) became tenable on such computers. In 1991, Microsoft released Visual Basic, combining an updated version of BASIC with a visual forms builder. This reignited use of the language and "VB" remains a major programming language in the forms of VBA and VB.NET.

ChatGPT

  1. basic

    Basic can be defined as something that is fundamental, essential, or simplistic. It refers to a foundation or starting point, and often describes principles, concepts, or skills that are necessary or core to a particular subject or activity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Basicadjective

    relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt

  2. Basicadjective

    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

  3. Basicadjective

    apparently alkaline, as certain normal salts which exhibit alkaline reactions with test paper

  4. Basicadjective

    said of crystalline rocks which contain a relatively low percentage of silica, as basalt

Wikidata

  1. BASIC

    BASIC is a family of general-purpose, high-level programming languages whose design philosophy emphasizes ease of use; the name is an acronym from Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code. The original Dartmouth BASIC was designed in 1964 by John George Kemeny and Thomas Eugene Kurtz at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA to provide computer access to non-science students. At the time, nearly all use of computers required writing custom software, which was something only scientists and mathematicians tended to do. The language and its variants became widespread on microcomputers in the late 1970s and 1980s, when it was typically a standard feature, and often part of the firmware of the machine. The presence of an easy-to-learn language such as BASIC on these early personal computers allowed small business owners to develop their own custom application software, leading to widespread use of these computers in businesses that previously did not have access to computing technology. BASIC remains popular in numerous dialects and new languages influenced by BASIC such as Microsoft Visual Basic. In 2006, 59% of developers for the .NET Framework used Visual Basic .NET as their only programming language.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. BASIC

    A programming language, originally designed for Dartmouth's experimental timesharing system in the early 1960s, which for many years was the leading cause of brain damage in proto-hackers. Edsger W. Dijkstra observed in Selected Writings on Computing: A Personal Perspective that “It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to students that have had prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.” This is another case (like Pascal) of the cascading lossage that happens when a language deliberately designed as an educational toy gets taken too seriously. A novice can write short BASIC programs (on the order of 10-20 lines) very easily; writing anything longer (a) is very painful, and (b) encourages bad habits that will make it harder to use more powerful languages well. This wouldn't be so bad if historical accidents hadn't made BASIC so common on low-end micros in the 1980s. As it is, it probably ruined tens of thousands of potential wizards.[1995: Some languages called “BASIC” aren't quite this nasty any more, having acquired Pascal- and C-like procedures and control structures and shed their line numbers. —ESR]BASIC stands for “Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code”. Earlier versions of this entry claiming this was a later backronym were incorrect.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BASIC

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Basic is ranked #32302 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Basic surname appeared 713 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Basic.

    97.4% or 695 total occurrences were White.
    0.8% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.8% or 6 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'basic' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #900

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'basic' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1366

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'basic' in Adjectives Frequency: #104

Anagrams for basic »

  1. SABIC

  2. bacis

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of basic in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of basic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of basic in a Sentence

  1. Timothy Fiore:

    Record-long raw-material lead times, wide-scale shortages of critical basic materials, rising commodities prices and difficulties in transporting products are continuing to affect all segments of the manufacturing economy.

  2. Lawrence Lessig:

    At the core of our democracy, there is a basic inequality, not the inequality of wealth, though that is a problem, or the inequality of speech, though some think that a problem too, but the inequality of citizens.

  3. Seth Norman Greenberg:

    Wealthy families have a certain way of looking at things, they realize when interviewing people that they might be able to get a lot more than what their basic needs are.

  4. Jamie Raskin:

    Today we’re looking at Section 4, which we are asking the Vice President to invoke by activating and mobilizing the Cabinet to declare what is patently obvious to a horrified and anxious nation : the President is not even minimally discharging the basic duties of his office, i do n’t think there is a reasonable person in the country with his or her eyes open who does n’t understand that the President was hell-bent on trying to challenge, undermine, and overturn the result of the election in all of the events leading up to January 6th, and on January 6th.

  5. President Obama:

    This is something that we continue to push hard on irrespective of the nuclear deal, it’s a top priority for us to make sure that our people are treated fairly and on the face of it in the case of these individuals who’ve been held, they have not been and they are not being afforded the basic due process and legal rights that we afford visitors to our country so we're deeply concerned about it, we spend a lot of time pushing on it, and we will continue to do so . . . . There’s no lessening of the sense of urgency.

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