Fundamental chord
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. [1913 Webster]

The fundamental reasons of this war. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Some fundamental antithesis in nature. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fundamental bass — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fundamental colors — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fundamental — [fun΄də ment′ l] adj. [LME < ML fundamentalis < L fundamentum: see FUNDAMENT] 1. of or forming a foundation or basis; basic; essential [the fundamental rules of art] 2. relating to what is basic; radical [a fundamental alteration] 3. on… …   English World dictionary

  • fundamental note — ► NOUN Music ▪ the lowest note of a chord …   English terms dictionary

  • fundamental — 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… …   Universalium

  • fundamental — /fʌndəˈmɛntl / (say funduh mentl) adjective 1. serving as, or being a component part of, a foundation or basis; basic; underlying: fundamental principles. 2. of or affecting the foundation or basis: a fundamental change. 3. essential; primary;… …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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 …   Useful english dictionary

  • fundamental — I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. serving as an original or generating source ; primary < a discovery fundamental to modern computers > b. serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function ; basic 2. a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fundamental bass — noun 1. : the root note of a musical chord 2. : the generating tone of a series of harmonics 3. : a bass formed of the roots of a succession of harmonics * * * /bays/, Music. a bass consisting of the roots of the chords employed. [1745 55] * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

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