ETYM Old Eng. bass, French bas, low, from Late Lat. bassus thick, fat, short, humble; cf. Latin Bassus, a proper name, and w. bas shallow. Related to Bass a part in music.
1. Debased; not genuine.
2. Not adhering to ethical or moral principles; SYN. dishonorable, dishonourable, immoral, unethical.
3. Of low birth or station ('base' is archaic in this sense); SYN. baseborn, humble, lowly.
4. Having or showing a meanspirited lack of honor or morality; SYN. mean, meanspirited.
5. (Used of metals) Consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal.
6. (Archaic) Illegitimate; SYN. baseborn.
1. (Chemistry) Of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base.
2. Pertaining to or constituting a base or basis.
3. Reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality; SYN. canonic, canonical.
4. Serving as a base or starting point; SYN. introductory.
ETYM Latin cardinalis, from cardo the hinge of a door, that on which a thing turns or depends: cf. French cardinal.
(applied to) Simple numbers, 1, 2, 3, etc.; applied to N, S, E, and W points of compass.
1. Being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order.
2. Serving as an essential component; SYN. central, fundamental, key, primal.
ETYM Latin centralis, from centrum: cf. French central. Related to Center.
1. Centrally located and easy to reach.
2. Constituting a center or having controlling authority; where all the important decisions are made.
3. In or near a center or constituting a center.
4. Used in the description of a place that in the middle of another place.
ETYM Latin elementarius: cf. French élémentaire.
1. Not involved or complicated; SYN. simple, uncomplicated, unproblematic.
2. Of or being the essential or basic part; SYN. primary.
3. Of the first stage of education and schools.
ETYM Cf. French essentiel. Related to Essence.
1. Absolutely necessary; vitally necessary; SYN. indispensable.
2. Absolutely required and not to be used up or sacrificed.
3. Basic and fundamental.
4. Being or relating to or containing the essence of a plant etc.
ETYM Cf. French fondamental.
1. Being or involving basic facts or principles; SYN. rudimentary, underlying.
2. Far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something; SYN. profound.
ETYM From Main strength, possibly influenced by Old Fren. maine, magne, great, Latin magnus. Related to Magnate.
Of force; of the greatest possible intensity.
1. Of greater importance or stature or rank
2. Of greater seriousness or danger
3. Greater in number or size or amount
4. Greater in scope or effect
5. Of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes
6. (Music) Of a scale or mode
7. (Law) Of full legal age
8. (British) Of the elder of two boys with the same family name
ETYM Late Lat. primalis, from Latin primus the first. Related to Prime.
First; primary; original; chief.
ETYM Latin primitivus, from primus the first: cf. French primitif. Related to Prime.
1. (Anthropology; of societies) Preliterate or tribal or nonindustrial.
2. (Fine arts) Of or created by one without formal training; simple or naive in style.
3. (Linguistics) Serving as the basis for derived or inflected forms.
4. (Mathematics) Being an algebraic or geometric expression from which another expression is derived.
ETYM French, from Latin principalis. Related to Prince.
1. Highest in rank, authority, character, importance, or degree.
2. Of or pertaining to a prince; princely.
ETYM Cf. French rudimentaire.
Being in the earliest stages of development.
ETYM Late Lat. ultimatus last, extreme, from Latin ultimare to come to an end, from ultimus the farthest, last, superl. from the same source as ulterior. Related to Ulterior, Ultimatum.
1. Being the last or concluding element of a series.
2. Furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme.