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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Basal  \Ba"sal\,  a. 
  Relating  to  or  forming,  the  base. 
 
  {Basal  cleavage}.  See  under  {Cleavage}. 
 
  {Basal  plane}  (Crystallog.),  one  parallel  to  the  lateral  or 
  horizontal  axis. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  basal 
  adj  1:  (botany)  especially  of  leaves;  located  at  the  base  of  a 
  plant  or  stem;  especially  arising  directly  from  the 
  root  or  rootstock  or  a  root-like  stem;  "basal 
  placentation";  "radical  leaves"  [syn:  {radical}]  [ant: 
  {cauline}] 
  2:  of  elementary  education;  "a  basal  reader";  "children  in  the 
  beginning  reading  classes";  "the  primary  grades"  [syn:  {abecedarian}, 
  {basic},  {beginning(a)},  {primary}] 
  3:  serving  as  or  forming  a  base;  "the  painter  applied  a  base 
  coat  followed  by  two  finishing  coats"  [syn:  {base}] 
  4:  of  primary  importance;  "basic  truths"  [syn:  {basic},  {primary}] 




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