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Definition & Synonyms

• Basic

  1. (a.) Relating to a base; performing the office of a base in a salt.
  2. (a.) Said of crystalline rocks which contain a relatively low percentage of silica, as basalt.
  3. (a.) Apparently alkaline, as certain normal salts which exhibit alkaline reactions with test paper.
  4. (a.) 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.

Basal, Canonic, Introductory, Primary, Staple,

• Basic process

  1. () A Bessemer or open-hearth steel-making process in which a lining that is basic, or not siliceous, is used, and additions of basic material are made to the molten charge during treatment. Opposed to acid process, above. Called also Thomas process.

• Basic slag

  1. () A by-product from the manufacture of steel by the basic process, used as a fertilizer. It is rich in lime and contains 14 to 20 per cent of phosphoric acid. Called also Thomas slag, phosphatic slag, and odorless phosphate.