[ fuhn-duh-men-tl ]
/ ˌfʌn dəˈmɛn tl /
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.
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Origin of fundamental
OTHER WORDS FROM fundamental
fun·da·men·tal·i·ty, fun·da·men·tal·ness, nounfun·da·men·tal·ly, adverbnon·fun·da·men·tal, adjective, nounnon·fun·da·men·tal·ly, adverb
un·fun·da·men·tal, adjectiveun·fun·da·men·tal·ly, adverb
Words nearby fundamental
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British Dictionary definitions for non-fundamental
/ (ˌfʌndəˈmɛntəl) /
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
Derived forms of fundamentalfundamentality or fundamentalness, noun
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