|1.||[ adjective ] of primary importance|
|2.||[ adjective ] serving as or forming a base|
"the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats"
|3.||[ adjective ] (education) of elementary education|
|Synonyms:||basic beginning primary abecedarian|
"a basal reader" "children in the beginning reading classes" "the primary grades"
|4.||[ adjective ] (botany) 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"
|Related terms:||cauline botany|