- serving as, or being an essential part of, a foundation or basis; basic; underlying: fundamental principles; the fundamental structure.
- of, relating to, or affecting the foundation or basis: a fundamental revision.
- being an original or primary source: a fundamental idea.
- Music. (of a chord) having its root as its lowest note.
- 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.
- Also called fundamental note, fundamental tone. Music.
- the root of a chord.
- the generator of a series of harmonics.
- Physics. the component of lowest frequency in a composite wave.
Origin of fundamental
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Examples from the Web for fundamentally
“It fundamentally changes the architecture of forest canopies,” says Watson.Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants
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Complementarity also means, of course, than men and women are fundamentally different.Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?
November 19, 2014
The two-state solution, if implemented, fundamentally discredits the whole concept of a conspiracy against Islam.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea
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And these initiatives represent an effort to fundamentally rethink our landscape.Parks and Regeneration
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But surely expanding reproductive choice is fundamentally feminist.Apple and Facebook Are Right to Offer Egg-Freezing
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I still remain the sinner, fundamentally and potentially at every step the sinner.The Prodigal Returns
Fundamentally, all education is proceeding on a false principle.The Curse of Education
Harold E. Gorst
And yet he remained simple, unaffected, and fundamentally kind.A Great Man
No, it was not bitterness, precisely, for it was fundamentally as impersonal as criticism can be.
He was fundamentally an Egyptian god, and the most popular of the deities of the Nile.The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism
- in a way that affects the basis or essentials; utterlythe terms of engagement have been fundamentally altered
- (sentence modifier) in essence; at heartfundamentally, we want our lives to be safe
- of, involving, or comprising a foundation; basic
- of, involving, or comprising a source; primary
- music denoting or relating to the principal or lowest note of a harmonic series
- of or concerned with the component of lowest frequency in a complex vibration
- a principle, law, etc, that serves as the basis of an idea or system
- the principal or lowest note of a harmonic series
- the bass note of a chord in root position
- Also called: fundamental frequency, first harmonic physics
- the component of lowest frequency in a complex vibration
- the frequency of this component
Word Origin and History for fundamentally
mid-15c., "primary, original, pertaining to a foundation," modeled on Late Latin fundamentalis "of the foundation," from Latin fundamentum "foundation" (see fundament). Fundamentals "primary principles or rules" of anything is from 1630s.