Meaning of BASIC in English

adj. & n.


1. forming or serving as a base.

2 fundamental.

3 a simplest or lowest in level (basic pay; basic requirements). b vulgar (basic humour).

4 Chem. having the properties of or containing a base.

5 Geol. (of volcanic rocks etc.) having less than 50 per cent silica.

6 Metallurgy of or produced in a furnace etc. which is made of a basic material.

--n. (usu. in pl.) the fundamental facts or principles.

Phrases and idioms:

basic dye a dye consisting of salts of organic bases. Basic English a simplified form of English limited to 850 selected words intended for international communication. basic industry an industry of fundamental economic importance. basic slag fertilizer containing phosphates formed as a by-product during steel manufacture. basic wage Austral. & NZ the minimum living wage, fixed by industrial tribunal.


basically adv.

Etymology: BASE(1) + -IC

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.