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BASIC a beginning computer language. BASIC stands for "beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code."
basic (often plural) the basic knowledge or skills required to do something. [1/3 definitions]
beggar a person who begs as a way to meet basic needs such as food and clothing.
byte a basic unit of information in computers. A byte is usually equal to eight binary digits or bits.
chemistry the science that studies the form and function of basic elements and their compounds. [1/2 definitions]
constitution the set of basic laws by which a nation, state, or other organization is governed. [1/3 definitions]
culprit something that is the basic cause or starting point of something bad. [1/2 definitions]
elementary having to do with the most basic or simplest parts of something. [1/2 definitions]
essential an important or basic thing. [1/3 definitions]
fundamental basic; central; serving as a foundation. [2 definitions]
germ a basic part of a living organism, such as the inside of a seed or the embryo of an egg, from which other parts grow. [1/2 definitions]
gram1 the basic unit of weight in the metric system, equal to one thousandth of a kilogram or 0.0353 ounce. (abbreviated: g)
inflection a form of a word other than the most basic form. [1/3 definitions]
infrastructure all the basic systems that have been created in a country, especially through technology and engineering, that allow it to function well and develop. Roads are a very important part of a country's infrastructure. Without roads, it is difficult for people to travel and to work and to move products from one place to another.
kernel the most basic part of something; the heart of the matter; core. [1/3 definitions]
lever a basic tool used to lift or pry things open. A crowbar is one type of lever. [1/2 definitions]
liter the basic unit of capacity of the metric system, equal to 1.056 liquid quarts or 0.908 dry quarts. (abbreviated: l)
makeup the basic character of a person. [1/3 definitions]
meter1 the basic unit of length of the metric system, equal to one hundred centimeters or 3.28 feet.
mill1 a building where raw materials are changed into basic products such as steel or lumber. [1/5 definitions]
nature basic character and qualities of a person or thing. [1/3 definitions]