1 the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; "the whole argument rested on a basis of conjecture" [syn: basis, base, foundation, groundwork, cornerstone]
2 the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?" [syn: buttocks, nates, arse, butt, backside, bum, buns, can, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass]
3 lowest support of a structure; "it was built on a base of solid rock"; "he stood at the foot of the tower" [syn: foundation, base, foot, groundwork, substructure, understructure]
EtymologyFrom fundamentum “foundation” (from fundare “to lay the bottom, to found”) via fundement and fondement, fondement, and fundament, fundement, and fondement.
Fundamental may refer to:
- Fundamental frequency,a concept in music or phonetics, often referred to as simply a "fundamental".
- Fundamentalism, the belief in, and usually the strict adherence to, the simplistic or "fundamental" ideas based on faith of a system of thought.Interestingly not based on the fundamental principles or objectives of a system. i.e. following the word and not the spirit of a law or system.
- Any of a number of fundamental theorems identified in mathematics, such as
- Fundamental analysis, a method that uses financial and economic analysis to predict the movement of security prices such as bond prices, but more commonly stock prices.
fundament in German: Grundton
fundament in Italian: Fundamental
fundament in Dutch: Grondtoon
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