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 for BASIC
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Basic \Ba"sic\, a.
     1. (Chem.)
        (a) Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in
            a salt.
        (b) Having the base in excess, or the amount of the base
            atomically greater than that of the acid, or exceeding
            in proportion that of the related neutral salt.
        (c) Apparently alkaline, as certain normal salts which
            exhibit alkaline reactions with test paper.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Min.) Said of crystalline rocks which contain a
        relatively low percentage of silica, as basalt.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Basic salt (Chem.), a salt formed from a base or hydroxide
        by the partial replacement of its hydrogen by a negative
        or acid element or radical.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  BASIC \BASIC\ n.
     1. (Computers) [Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Iruction C.]
        an artificial computer language with a relatively
        simplified instruction set.
  
     Note: Writing a program in BASIC or other higher computer
           languages is simpler than writing in assembly language.
           See also programming language, FORTRAN.
           [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  higher programming language \higher programming language\ n.
     (Computers)
     A computer programming language with an instruction set
     allowing one instruction to code for several assembly
     language instructions.
  
     Note: The aggregation of several assembly-language
           instructions into one instruction allows much greater
           efficiency in writing computer programs. Most programs
           are now written in some higher programming language,
           such as BASIC, FORTRAN, COBOL, C, C++,
           PROLOG, or JAVA.
           [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  basic
      adj 1: pertaining to or constituting a base or basis; "a basic
             fact"; "the basic ingredients"; "basic changes in public
             opinion occur because of changes in priorities" [ant:
             incident, incidental]
      2: reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible
         without loss of generality; "a basic story line"; "a
         canonical syllable pattern" [syn: basic, canonic,
         canonical]
      3: serving as a base or starting point; "a basic course in
         Russian"; "basic training for raw recruits"; "a set of basic
         tools"; "an introductory art course" [syn: basic,
         introductory]
      4: of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base
      n 1: 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
      2: (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is
         constant [syn: basic, staple]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  106 Moby Thesaurus words for "basic":
     ab ovo, aboriginal, acid, alkali, austere, bare, basal, basilar,
     bedrock, biochemical, bottom, capital, central, chaste, chemical,
     chemicobiological, chemicoengineering, chemicomineralogical,
     chemicophysical, chemurgic, chief, constituent, constitutive,
     copolymeric, copolymerous, crucial, dimeric, dimerous,
     electrochemical, element, elemental, elementary, embryonic,
     essential, focal, foundational, fundamental, generative, genetic,
     germinal, gut, heteromerous, homely, homespun, homogeneous,
     in embryo, in ovo, indispensable, indivisible, irreducible,
     isomerous, key, life-and-death, life-or-death, macrochemical, main,
     material, mere, metameric, monolithic, monomerous, nonacid,
     of a piece, of the essence, of vital importance, original,
     part and parcel, photochemical, physicochemical, phytochemical,
     plain, polymeric, pregnant, primal, primary, prime, primeval,
     primitive, primordial, principal, pristine, protogenic, pure,
     pure and simple, radical, radiochemical, root, rudiment,
     rudimentary, seminal, severe, simon-pure, simple, single, spare,
     stark, substantial, substantive, thermochemical, unadorned,
     uncluttered, underlying, undifferenced, undifferentiated, uniform,
     vital
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014) :

  BASIC
         Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code
         

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  BASIC
   /bay'?sic/, n.
  
      A programming language, originally designed for Dartmouth's experimental
      timesharing system in the early 1960s, which for many years was the leading
      cause of brain damage in proto-hackers. Edsger W. Dijkstra observed in
      Selected Writings on Computing: A Personal Perspective that ?It is
      practically impossible to teach good programming style to students that
      have had prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are
      mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.? This is another case (like
      Pascal) of the cascading lossage that happens when a language
      deliberately designed as an educational toy gets taken too seriously. A
      novice can write short BASIC programs (on the order of 10-20 lines) very
      easily; writing anything longer (a) is very painful, and (b) encourages bad
      habits that will make it harder to use more powerful languages well. This
      wouldn't be so bad if historical accidents hadn't made BASIC so common on
      low-end micros in the 1980s. As it is, it probably ruined tens of thousands
      of potential wizards.
  
      [1995: Some languages called ?BASIC? aren't quite this nasty any more,
      having acquired Pascal- and C-like procedures and control structures and
      shed their line numbers. ?ESR]
  
      BASIC stands for ?Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code?.
      Earlier versions of this entry claiming this was a later backronym were
      incorrect.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  BASIC
  
      Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.
     A simple language originally designed for ease of programming
     by students and beginners.  Many dialects exist, and BASIC is
     popular on microcomputers with sound and graphics support.
     Most micro versions are interactive and interpreted.
  
     BASIC has become the leading cause of brain-damage in
     proto-hackers.  This is another case (like Pascal) of the
     cascading lossage that happens when a language deliberately
     designed as an educational toy gets taken too seriously.  A
     novice can write short BASIC programs (on the order of 10-20
     lines) very easily; writing anything longer is painful and
     encourages bad habits that will make it harder to use more
     powerful languages.  This wouldn't be so bad if historical
     accidents hadn't made BASIC so common on low-end micros.  As
     it is, it ruins thousands of potential wizards a year.
  
     Originally, all references to code, both GOTO and GOSUB
     (subroutine call) referred to the destination by its line
     number.  This allowed for very simple editing in the days
     before text editors were considered essential.  Just typing
     the line number deleted the line and to edit a line you just
     typed the new line with the same number.  Programs were
     typically numbered in steps of ten to allow for insertions.
     Later versions, such as BASIC V, allow GOTO-less
     structured programming with named procedures and
     functions, IF-THEN-ELSE-ENDIF constructs and WHILE loops
     etc.
  
     Early BASICs had no graphic operations except with graphic
     characters.  In the 1970s BASIC interpreters became standard
     features in mainframes and minicomputers.  Some versions
     included matrix operations as language primitives.
  
     A public domain interpreter for a mixture of DEC's
     MU-Basic and Microsoft Basic is here
     ftp://oak.oakland.edu/pub/Unix-c/languages/basic/basic.tar-z)">(ftp://oak.oakland.edu/pub/Unix-c/languages/basic/basic.tar-z).
     A yacc parser and interpreter were in the
     comp.sources.unix archives volume 2.
  
     See also ANSI Minimal BASIC, bournebasic, bwBASIC,
     ubasic, Visual Basic.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-03-15)
  

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