Analysis shows that a musical tone consists of a fundamental note and a series of overtones.
Thank God that in mankinds makeup theres more than one fundamental note!
Of this fundamental note of reality it is that the poet has said, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty."
All succeeding law is its inevitable corollary, and vibrating in cadence with this fundamental note.
They are not separately heard by the ear; they blend with the fundamental note and suffuse it, and alter it.
Therefore the pipe represents a semi-ventral segment when the fundamental note is sounding.
One key lowers the fundamental note of the horn half a tone; the second, a full tone; the third, a tone and a half.
Bells are usually cup-like in shape, and are constructed so as to give one fundamental note when struck.
Each resonator corresponds from below upwards to the harmonics of the fundamental note c.
Hence, the vibrating string produces two sensations, that of the fundamental note and of its octave.
mid-15c., "primary, original, pertaining to a foundation," modeled on Late Latin fundamentalis "of the foundation," from Latin fundamentum "foundation" (see fundament). Fundamentals "primary principles or rules" of anything is from 1630s.