Complete Definition of "basic"

see|Basic|BASIC
English

Etymology
base + -ic

Pronunciation
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-eɪsɪk|-eɪsɪk

Noun
basic (plural: basics)

  1. A necessary commodity, a staple requirement.

#:Rice is a basic for many Asian villagers.

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

#:Arithmetic is a basic for the study of mathematics.

Translations
trans-top|A necessary commodity, a staple requirement
Finnish: perustarve, elinehto
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trans-top|An elementary building block
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Adjective
en-adj

  1. necessary, essential for life or some process.

#:Flour is a basic ingredient of bread.

  1. elementary, simple, fundamental, merely functional.

#:The Hotel Sparta's accommodation is purely basic.
#chemistry Of or pertaining to a base; antonym of acidic

Translations
trans-top|necessary, essential for life or some process
Finnish: olennainen
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trans-top|elementary, simple, merely functional
Chinese traditional/simplified: åºæ¬ç, åºæ¬ç (jÄ« bÄn)
Finnish: vaatimaton, yksinkertainen, alkeellinen
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Italian: basico
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trans-top|of a base (chemistry)

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Italian: basico
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ttbc|Portuguese: básico

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