a word, as a preposition, article, auxiliary, or pronoun, that chiefly expresses grammatical relationships, has little semantic content of its own, and belongs to a small, closed class of words whose membership is relatively fixed (distinguished from ).
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    [fuhn-duh-muh nt] /ˈfʌn də mənt/ noun 1. the buttocks. 2. the anus. 3. a base or basic principle; underlying part; foundation. /ˈfʌndəmənt/ noun 1. (euphemistic or facetious) the buttocks 2. the natural features of the earth’s surface, unaltered by man 3. a base or foundation, esp of a building 4. a theory, principle, or underlying […]

  • Fundamental

    [fuhn-duh-men-tl] /ˌfʌn dəˈmɛn tl/ adjective 1. serving as, or being an essential part of, a foundation or basis; basic; underlying: fundamental principles; the fundamental structure. 2. of, relating to, or affecting the foundation or basis: a fundamental revision. 3. being an original or primary source: a fundamental idea. 4. Music. (of a chord) having its […]

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    [beys] /beɪs/ noun, Music. 1. a bass consisting of the roots of the chords employed.

  • Fundamental constant

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