elemental


el·e·men·tal

adjective \ˌe-lə-ˈmen-təl\

: basic and important

: having the power of a force of nature

: of or relating to a chemical element

Full Definition of ELEMENTAL

1
a :  of, relating to, or being an element; specifically :  existing as an uncombined chemical element
b (1) :  of, relating to, or being the basic or essential constituent of something :  fundamental <elemental biological needs>
(2) :  simple, uncomplicated <elemental food>
c :  of, relating to, or dealing with the rudiments of something :  elementary <taught elemental crafts to the children>
d :  forming an integral part :  inherent <an elemental sense of rhythm>
2
:  of, relating to, or resembling a great force of nature <the rains come with elemental violence> <elemental passions>
elemental noun
el·e·men·tal·ly \-təl-ē\ adverb

Examples of ELEMENTAL

  1. an elemental difference between the two
  2. Their elemental passion led to tragedy.
  3. the elemental power of the storm
  4. an elemental analysis of the solution

First Known Use of ELEMENTAL

15th century

el·e·men·tal

adjective \ˌel-ə-ˈment-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ELEMENTAL

: of, relating to, or being an element; specifically : existing as an uncombined chemical element

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