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fundamental


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fundamental  \Fun`da*men"tal\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  fondamental.] 
  Pertaining  to  the  foundation  or  basis;  serving  for  the 
  foundation.  Hence:  Essential,  as  an  element,  principle,  or 
  law;  important;  original;  elementary;  as  a  fundamental 
  truth;  a  fundamental  axiom. 
 
  The  fundamental  reasons  of  this  war.  --Shak. 
 
  Some  fundamental  antithesis  in  nature.  --Whewell. 
 
  {Fundamental  bass}  (Mus.),  the  root  note  of  a  chord;  a  bass 
  formed  of  the  roots  or  fundamental  tones  of  the  chords. 
 
  {Fundamental  chord}  (Mus.),  a  chord,  the  lowest  tone  of  which 
  is  its  root. 
 
  {Fundamental  colors},  red,  green,  and  violet-blue.  See 
  {Primary  colors},  under  {Color}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fundamental  \Fun"da*men`tal\,  n. 
  A  leading  or  primary  principle,  rule  law,  or  article,  which 
  serves  as  the  groundwork  of  a  system;  essential  part  as  the 
  fundamentals  of  the  Christian  faith. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fundamental 
  adj  1:  serving  as  an  essential  component;  "a  cardinal  rule";  "the 
  central  cause  of  the  problem";  "an  example  that  was 
  fundamental  to  the  argument";  "computers  are 
  fundamental  to  modern  industrial  structure"  [syn:  {cardinal}, 
  {central},  {key},  {primal}] 
  2:  being  or  involving  basic  facts  or  principles;  "the 
  fundamental  laws  of  the  universe";  "a  fundamental 
  incompatibility  between  them";  "these  rudimentary  truths"; 
  "underlying  principles"  [syn:  {rudimentary},  {underlying}] 
  3:  far-reaching  and  thoroughgoing  in  effect  especially  on  the 
  nature  of  something  "the  fundamental  revolution  in  human 
  values  that  has  occurred";  "the  book  underwent  fundamental 
  changes";  "committed  the  fundamental  error  of  confusing 
  spending  with  extravagance";  "profound  social  changes" 
  [syn:  {profound}] 
  n  :  the  lowest  tone  of  a  harmonic  series  [syn:  {fundamental 
  frequency},  {first  harmonic}] 




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