from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or located at or near the base, especially the base of the skull: the basilar artery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or located at a base, but especially at the base of the skull or a lung.
  • adj. Lower; inferior; base.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to, or situated at, the base.
  • adj. Lower; inferior; applied to impulses or springs of action.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to or situated at the base, especially of the skull.
  • Lying or situated at the base; fundamental.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or located at the base


New Latin basilāris, from Latin basis, base; see basis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French basilaire, from Latin basis. (Wiktionary)



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  • JM is up in the air about basilar matters.

    September 12, 2010