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. of or relating to essential structure, function, or facts ; radical <
fundamental change
; also of or dealing with general principles rather than practical application <
fundamental science
b. adhering to fundamentalism 3. of, relating to, or produced by the lowest component of a complex vibration 4. of central importance ; principal <
fundamental purpose
5. belonging to one's innate or ingrained characteristics ; deep-rooted <
her fundamental good humor
Synonyms: see essentialfundamentally adverb II. noun Date: 1637 1. something fundamental; especially one of the minimum constituents without which a thing or a system would not be what it is 2. a. the principal musical tone produced by vibration (as of a string or column of air) on which a series of higher harmonics is based b. the root of a chord 3. the harmonic component of a complex wave that has the lowest frequency and commonly the greatest amplitude

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