basic basic  /ˈbeɪ sɪk/


  1. (n) 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. (n) (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant
  3. (adj) pertaining to or constituting a base or basis
  4. (adj) reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality
  5. (adj) serving as a base or starting point
  6. (adj) of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base


  1. A staggering 51% of its 4th grade kids and 66% of 8th graders perform below basic level in math and 61% of District 4th graders read below a basic level.
  2. Pollution, drought and vast deserts are all signs the country is struggling to manage its most basic resource.
  3. Trabants smoked like an Iraqi oil fire, when they ran at all, and often lacked even the most basic of amenities, like brake lights or turn signals.


  1. Basic Eurail pass useless in France

    Students heading to Europe this summer may be shocked to learn that as of this year, the basic multi-country Eurail Select student pass ($317) is no longer good on trains in France. They have to buy the more costly Eurail Global pass ($501) instead.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Detroit Free Press

  2. Spirax Sarco's Basic Steam Boiler Operator Training Course Coming to South Carolina in August

    Spirax Sarco, the leader in products and services for steam systems, is exciting to announce their latest training event: Basic Steam Boiler Operator Training. This five-day course is being held on August 19 - 23, 2013 at Spirax Sarco’s state-of-the-art training facility in Blythewood, South Carolina where participants will learn virtually all facets of steam boiler operation, maintenance ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: ThomasNet

  3. Basic Energy Services To Present At The Global Hunter Securities 100 Energy Conference

    FORT WORTH, Texas, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Basic Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE: BAS) announced today that its management will be presenting at the Global Hunter Securities 100 Energy Conference in ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance


  1. The president had harsh words for Arizona, saying its new law "threatened to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans."
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Investor's Business Daily

  2. Sarver says that due to the law "our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law are being called into question."
    on May 5, 2010 By: Robert Sarver Source: FOXNews

  3. "Americans are outraged by the situation in Burma, where a military junta has imposed a 19-year reign of fear," Bush said. "Basic freedoms of speech, assembly and worship are severely restricted. Ethnic minorities are persecuted. Forced child...
    on Sep 25, 2007 By: President Bush Source: International Herald Tribune

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