Meaning of FUNDAMENTAL in English

FUNDAMENTAL

adj. & n.

adj. of, affecting, or serving as a base or foundation, essential, primary, original (a fundamental change; the fundamental rules; the fundamental form).

n. 1 (usu. in pl.) a fundamental rule, principle, or article. 2 Mus. a fundamental note or tone. fundamental note Mus. the lowest note of a chord in its original (uninverted) form. fundamental particle an elementary particle. fundamental tone Mus. the tone produced by vibration of the whole of a sonorous body (opp. HARMONIC). fundamentality n. fundamentally adv.

[ ME f. F fondamental or LL fundamentalis (as FUNDAMENT) ]

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