Definition of elemental
1a : of, relating to, or being an element; specifically : existing as an uncombined chemical elementb (1) : of, relating to, or being the basic or essential constituent of something : fundamental elemental biological needs (2) : simple, uncomplicated elemental foodc : of, relating to, or dealing with the rudiments of something : elementary taught elemental crafts to the childrend : 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
elementallyplay \ˌe-lə-ˈmen-təl-ē\ adverb
Examples of elemental in a Sentence
an elemental difference between the two
Their elemental passion led to tragedy.
the elemental power of the storm
an elemental analysis of the solution
Recent Examples of elemental from the Web
Each of these intimate canvases looks similarly faded yet luminous, painted in an elemental palette of pale blood, sky and stone.
In a world of Facebook and Google, why would a U.S. Ranger be admired for his physical strength and elemental courage?
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And most remarkably, Los Alamos’s managers still have not figured out a way to fully meet the most elemental nuclear safety standards.
For nearly a half-century, the riverboat President facilitated that, and in a unique venue that combined locals' love for celebration with our elemental connection to the river.
The pair returned home with a suitcase full of black-and-white shots that caught Moss at her most elemental—dusted with freckles and sand, and squinting into the camera lens.
All the while, Higgledies roam the combat area, launching elemental attacks, which are based on their colour.
BURTON, Ohio -- The elemental alchemy that turns raw meat and smoke into something truly divine can drive even the most peaceful of diners into a carnal embrace of fleshy delights.
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First Known Use of elemental
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Definition of elemental for English Language Learners
: basic and important
: having the power of a force of nature
: of or relating to a chemical element
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