What is basic?

  • (adj): Serving as a base or starting point.
    Example: "A basic course in Russian"; "basic training for raw recruits"; "a set of basic tools"
    Synonyms: introductory
    See also — Additional definitions below


BASIC is a family of general-purpose, high-level programming languages whose design philosophy emphasizes ease of use; the name is an acronym from Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.

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Some articles on basic:

BASIC - Standards
... ANSI/ISO/IEC Standard for Minimal BASIC ANSI X3.60-1978 "For minimal BASIC" ISO/IEC 63731984 "Data Processing — Programming Languages — Minimal BASIC" ANSI/ISO/IEC ...
... GFA BASIC is a dialect of the BASIC programming language, by Frank Ostrowski ... mid and late 80s, it became very popular for the Atari ST homecomputer range (since the ST BASIC shipped with them was more primitive) ... GFA BASIC (as of version 2.0, the most popular one) was, by the standards of its time, a very modern programming language ...
Data General Business Basic
... Data General Business Basic was a BASIC interpreter (based on MAI Basic Four's version) developed by Data General for their Nova minicomputer in the 1970s, and later ported to the Data ... A majority of applications for the Nova were developed in Business Basic ... Business Basic was an integer-only language inspired by COBOL, and contained powerful string-handling functions as well as the ability to manipulate indexed files very quickly ...
GFA BASIC - Trivia
... GFA Basic was widely used to quickly create editors by game developers ... ric Chahi wrote a game editor in GFA basic to create his game Another World, including scene design and game scripting only the game engine (polygon rendering and music) was done ... Karsten Köper of Thalion software wrote all the basic game editing software for the "Amberstar" series using GFA Basic ...

More definitions of "basic":

  • (adj): Reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality.
    Example: "A basic story line"
    Synonyms: canonic, canonical
  • (adj): Of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base.
  • (noun): 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.
  • (adj): Of primary importance.
    Example: "Basic truths"
    Synonyms: basal, primary
  • (adj): Pertaining to or constituting a base or basis.
    Example: "A basic fact"; "the basic ingredients"; "basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities"
  • (noun): (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant.
    Synonyms: staple

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    Good shot, bad luck and hell are the five basic words to be used in a game of tennis, though these, of course, can be slightly amplified.
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    The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.
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    ... in Northern Ireland, if you don’t have basic Christianity, rather than merely religion, all you get out of the experience of living is bitterness.
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