Part of speech:
A standard, rule, or test on which a judgment or decision can be based.
Having a position in the lead; foremost:
Initial or introductory
(Music) A recurring melodic element in a composition, especially a melody forming the basis of a set of variations.
The definition of principal is the first or highest in importance.
A pattern or schedule for proceeding:
A distinct or outstanding part, quality, or characteristic of something
The definition of gist is the main point.
The dimensions, quantity, or capacity of something as ascertained by comparison with a standard:
Something established for use as a rule or basis of comparison in measuring or judging capacity, quantity, content, extent, value, quality, etc.
(Music) A sound of distinct pitch, quality, and duration; a note.
A subdivision of a theme, thesis, or outline.
A carbonated beverage flavored with a little quinine and served in a mixed drink with gin, vodka, etc.; quinine water
(Nautical) Connected to or located near the mainmast:
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