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 cardinal cardinal

adj

  • being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order  ( cardinal )
    being or denoting a numerical quantity but not order
     cardinal numbers
    cardinal numbers
  • noun

  • () (Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes  ( cardinal )
    (Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes
  • crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male  ( cardinal, cardinal grosbeak, Cardinalis cardinalis, redbird, Richmondena Cardinalis )
    crested thick-billed North American finch having bright red plumage in the male
  • a variable color averaging a vivid red  ( cardinal, carmine )
    a variable color averaging a vivid red
  • the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order  ( cardinal, cardinal number )
    the number of elements in a mathematical set; denotes a quantity but not the order
  • adj

  • () serving as an essential component  ( primal, cardinal, key, fundamental, central )
    serving as an essential component
     a cardinal rule
    a cardinal rule
     the central cause of the problem
    the central cause of the problem
     an example that was fundamental to the argument
    an example that was fundamental to the argument
     computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure
    computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure