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1. Of, relating to, or forming a base; fundamental: "Basic changes in public opinion often occur because of shifts in concerns and priorities" (Atlantic).
2. Of, being, or serving as a starting point or basis: a basic course in Russian; a set of basic woodworking tools.
a. Of or relating to a base.
b. Containing a base, especially in excess of acid.
4. Geology Containing little silica, as certain igneous rocks.
1. An essential, fundamental element or entity: the basics of math.
2. Basic training.
ba·sic′i·ty (-sĭs′ĭ-tē) n.
BA·SICor Ba·sic (bā′sĭk)
A widely used programming language that is designed to be easy to learn.
[B(eginner's) A(ll-purpose) S(ymbolic) I(nstruction) C(ode).]
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a. the state of being a base
b. the extent to which a substance is basic
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ba•sic•i•ty(beɪˈsɪs ɪ ti)
1. the state of being a chemical base.
2. the power of an acid to react with bases.
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