radical


radical
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin radicalis, from Latin radic-, radix root — more at root Date: 14th century 1. of, relating to, or proceeding from a root: as a. (1) of or growing from the root of a plant <
radical tubers
>
(2) growing from the base of a stem, from a rootlike stem, or from a stem that does not rise above the ground <
radical leaves
>
b. of, relating to, or constituting a linguistic root c. of or relating to a mathematical root d. designed to remove the root of a disease or all diseased and potentially diseased tissue <
radical surgery
>
<
radical mastectomy
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2. of or relating to the origin ; fundamental 3. a. marked by a considerable departure from the usual or traditional ; extreme b. tending or disposed to make extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions, or institutions c. of, relating to, or constituting a political group associated with views, practices, and policies of extreme change d. advocating extreme measures to retain or restore a political state of affairs <
the radical right
>
4. slang excellent, coolradicalness noun II. noun Date: 1641 1. a. a root part b. a basic principle ; foundation 2. a. root 6 b. a sound or letter belonging to a radical 3. one who is radical 4. free radical; also a group of atoms bonded together that is considered an entity in various kinds of reactions or as a subunit of a larger molecule 5. a. a mathematical expression indicating a root by means of a radical sign b. radical sign

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  • radical — radical, ale, aux [ radikal, o ] adj. et n. • fin XVe; bas lat. radicalis, de radix « racine » I ♦ Adj. 1 ♦ Qui tient à l essence, au principe (d une chose, d un être). ⇒ foncier, fondamental; absolu. « L instinct le plus radical dans l homme, le …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • radical — radical, ale (ra di kal, ka l ) adj. 1°   Terme de botanique. Qui appartient à la racine, qui part de la racine. Pédoncules radicaux.    Feuilles radicales, celles qui naissent si près de la racine, qu elles semblent en sortir et non de la tige.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Radical — Rad i*cal (r[a^]d [i^]*kal), a. [F., fr. L. radicalis having roots, fr. radix, icis, a root. See {Radix}.] 1. Of or pertaining to the root; proceeding directly from the root. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: Of or pertaining to the root or origin;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Radical — (from Latin radicis , genitive of radix root ) can refer to many different things and concepts.Mathematics*The symbol √ used to indicate the square root or nth root *Radical of an algebraic group, a concept in algebraic group theory *Radical of… …   Wikipedia

  • radical — RADICÁL, Ă, radicali, e, adj., s.m. I. adj. 1. De bază, fundamental, esenţial. ♦ (Adverbial) Din temelie, cu desăvârşire, complet. ♦ (Despre tratamente, leacuri) Care vindecă în întregime, complet. 2. Care preconizează reforme adânci, acţiuni… …   Dicționar Român

  • Radical — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El término radical viene del latín radix ( raíz ), significa así de raíz o de base, refiriéndose sobre todo a un punto de vista profundo, sustancial, más aún si es aplicado a alguna convicción, práctica, análisis o… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Radical — Rad i*cal (r[a^]d [i^]*kal), n. 1. (Philol.) (a) A primitive word; a radix, root, or simple, underived, uncompounded word; an etymon. (b) A primitive letter; a letter that belongs to the radix. [1913 Webster] The words we at present make use of,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • radical — adjetivo 1. De la raíz: El morfema radical de amar es am . 2. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Que se produce de manera total, sin ninguna limitación: cambio radical. Las radicales reformas emprendidas por el Ayuntamiento han levantado protestas. Se ha… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • radical — [rad′i kəl] adj. [ME < LL radicalis < L radix (gen. radicis), ROOT1] 1. a) of or from the root or roots; going to the foundation or source of something; fundamental; basic [a radical principle] b) extreme; thorough [a radical change in one… …   English World dictionary

  • radical — (Del lat. radix, īcis, raíz). 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo a la raíz. 2. Fundamental, de raíz. 3. Partidario de reformas extremas, especialmente en sentido democrático. U. t. c. s.) 4. Extremoso, tajante, intransigente. 5. Bot. Dicho de… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Radical 2 — meaning vertical stroke is one of six of the 214 Kangxi radicals that are composed of only one stroke.In the Kangxi Dictionary there are only 21 characters (out of 40 000) to be found under this radical.Radical 1 (橫 héng) is one of the Eight… …   Wikipedia


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