Meaning of FUNDAMENTAL in English

— fundamentality, fundamentalness , n. — fundamentally , adv.

/fun'deuh men"tl/ , adj.

1. serving as, or being an essential part of, a foundation or basis; basic; underlying: fundamental principles; the fundamental structure.

2. of, pertaining to, or affecting the foundation or basis: a fundamental revision.

3. being an original or primary source: a fundamental idea.

4. Music. (of a chord) having its root as its lowest note.


5. a basic principle, rule, law, or the like, that serves as the groundwork of a system; essential part: to master the fundamentals of a trade.

6. Also called fundamental note, fundamental tone . Music.

a. the root of a chord.

b. the generator of a series of harmonics.

7. Physics. the component of lowest frequency in a composite wave.

[ 1400-50; late ME fundamentalis of, belonging to a foundation. See FUNDAMENT, -AL 1 ]

Syn. 1. indispensable, primary.

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