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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj basilar of or relating to or located at the base "the basilar membrane of the cochlea"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Basilar Lower; inferior; applied to impulses or springs of action. "Basilar instincts."
    • Basilar Relating to, or situated at, the base.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • basilar Relating to or situated at the base, especially of the skull.
    • basilar Lying or situated at the base; fundamental.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Basilar pertaining to or situated at the base, esp. of the skull
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. basilaire, fr. L. basis,. See Base (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L.—Gr. basisba-, in bainein, to go.


In literature:

The "oblong marrow"; that portion of the brain which lies upon the basilar process of the occipital bone.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
It turns round this to gain the fissure between the basilar and retrossal processes, and becomes lodged in the preplantar fissure.
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
Men who live from the basilar faculties will invariably live in inferior stations.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4" by Charles Dudley Warner
Redundancy of blood in the body indicates preponderance of the basilar organs.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The processes of this basilar plate, the trabeculae, are quite unlike anything in the vertebral column.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
All dark thoughts, all basilar instincts shrank back abashed before that white light.
"Flint" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
Basilar cross-vein: Odonata; crosses the basilar space.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Basilar processes of the sphenoid and occipital bones.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
The tendency of the coronal region is upward, that of the basilar downward.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, March 1887" by Various
The basilar organs lie below the ventricles and the coronal organs above.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, May 1887" by Various
Its antagonism must be on the basilar surface, and a little behind the vertical line, as Love is before it.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, December 1887" by Various
The basilar fact is, God cannot be found in any natural man.
"Christ, Christianity and the Bible" by I. M. Haldeman
This latter is not always the apparent apex, as in the case of the ovary; it may be lateral or even basilar.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various
Carpels 2 or 4, distinct or nearly so; styles 2 basilar.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray

In science:

The mechanical response of the basilar membrane, which is the structure inside the cochlea that contains the hair cells, has been measured as a function of frequency and amplitude of sound stimuli .
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Thomas Gold, proposed about 50 years ago, that the basilar membrane of the inner ear is not a passively resonating filter as assumed by the classical theory of hearing developed by Van Bekesy and others .
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
The mechanical response of the basilar membrane reveals a distinct nonlinear behavior which has all the characteristic properties of a dynamical system placed exactly at a Hopf bifurcation as described in section 2 [15, 16].
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
When sound enters the ear, it ultimately causes vibrations on the basilar membrane within the inner ear.
Music in Terms of Science
Different frequencies of sound cause different regions of the basilar membrane and its fine hairs to vibrate.
Music in Terms of Science
The region difference on the basilar membrane is how the brain discriminates between various frequencies.
Music in Terms of Science
When two frequencies are close together, there is an overlap of response regions on the basilar membrane.
Music in Terms of Science
At the point where the “roughness” disappears, the frequency separation is equal to the so-called critical bandwidth ∆fCB and the two frequencies activate different sections of the basilar membrane; further increasing the frequency difference will produce less and less dissonance.
Music in Terms of Science
If two tones with frequencies that are too close to each other that stimulate areas within the same critical band on the basilar membrane, they will produce either noticeable beats or other dissonance (e.g., unpleasantly rough sound) undesirable in music rather than two distinguishable tones.
Music in Terms of Science
In particular it is of basilar importance to find a mechanism which leads to the large atmospheric mixing.
The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model