elemental

adjective el·e·men·tal \ ˌe-lə-ˈmen-tᵊl \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

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

elementally

play \ˌe-lə-ˈmen-tᵊl-ē\ adverb

Examples of elemental in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of elemental

15th century


ELEMENTAL Defined for English Language Learners

elemental

adjective

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


Medical Dictionary

elemental

adjective el·e·men·tal \ ˌel-ə-ˈment-ᵊl \

medical Definition of elemental

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


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