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abridge to shorten without removing basic contents; condense. [1/2 definitions]
accidental not part of the basic nature of a thing; secondary; incidental. [1/5 definitions]
ammonium hydroxide a colorless basic solution produced by dissolving ammonia in water, used as a household cleaner and in the production of textiles, plastic, and the like. (See ammonia.)
basic (often pl.) something basic or fundamental. [1/4 definitions]
basophil a tissue, substance, or cell, esp. a white blood cell, that readily takes on basic dyes.
battalion a military unit usu. comprising a headquarters company and two or more infantry companies; the basic unit of a division. [1/2 definitions]
boot camp a military installation at which U.S. Navy or Marine recruits receive basic training.
bottom fundamental or basic. [1/11 definitions]
bread-and-butter providing the basic financial support. [1/2 definitions]
byte in computers, a basic unit of operation, usu. equal to eight binary digits or bits.
candela the basic unit of intensity of light, equal to one sixtieth of the intensity of one square centimeter of a radiating body at the temperature of solidification of platinum; new candle.
cardinal virtues the basic virtues in ancient Greek philosophy; justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude.
catechism a series of questions and answers used as an examination or for giving basic instruction in a subject. [1/2 definitions]
catechumen a person being taught the basic principles of Christianity, such as a convert prior to baptism. [1/2 definitions]
centimeter-gram-second of or concerning the system of measurement in which the centimeter, gram, and second are the basic units of length, mass, and time.
chemistry the science that studies the structures, functions, transformations, and interactions of basic elements, as, for example, carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and sodium, as well as complex substances that combine basic elements. [1/4 definitions]
constitution the set of basic laws and principles by which a nation, state, or other organization is governed. [1/6 definitions]
constitutionalism a system of government based upon the adherence to basic laws and principles laid out in a written constitution. [1/2 definitions]
cornerstone something basic and indispensable; foundation. [1/3 definitions]
cost of living the average cost of food, shelter, clothes, and other basic necessities for a household or a single person.
crux an essential, basic, crucial, or pivotal point.