Definitions for basalˈbeɪ səl, -zəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ba•salˈbeɪ səl, -zəl(adj.)

  1. of, at, or forming the base.

  2. forming a basis; fundamental; basic:

    a basal reader.

  3. indicating a standard low level of activity of an organism, as during total rest. of an amount required to maintain this level.

    Category: Physiology

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. radical, basal(adj)

    especially of leaves; located at the base of a plant or stem; especially arising directly from the root or rootstock or a root-like stem

    "basal placentation"; "radical leaves"

  2. basal, base(adj)

    serving as or forming a base

    "the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"

  3. basal, primary(adj)

    of primary importance


  1. basal(Noun)

    Any basal structure or part

  2. basal(Adjective)

    Relating to, or forming, the base, or point of origin.

  3. basal(Adjective)

    In a phylogenetic tree, being a group, or member of a group, which diverged earlier.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Basal(adj)

    relating to, or forming, the base

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restricted to a fundamental level, elementary

a basic knowledge of French.

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