elemental

adjective
el·​e·​men·​tal | \ ˌe-lə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce elemental (audio) \

Definition of elemental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
plural elementals

Definition of elemental (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a supernatural being : spirit "It's a heritage. My mother was a witch and her mother was a witch. My specialty is (prophetic) dreaming. We believe elementals do exist," said Lady L …— D. L. Stephenson
2 : an elementary part or principle usually plural All objects consist of smaller objects. … Lamps, bicycles, and houses are compound objects made of constituent parts, or elementals.— Alan L. LaityThese two epistemologies exist in distinct dimensions: science struggles to discover the elementals of our material existence through empiricism, and theology strives to describe the universality of our … existence through faith.— Jack Hitt

Other Words from elemental

Adjective

elementally \ ˌe-​lə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce elemental (audio) \ adverb

Examples of elemental in a Sentence

Adjective an elemental difference between the two Their elemental passion led to tragedy. the elemental power of the storm an elemental analysis of the solution
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The circle has long served as a symbol of infinity, and these photos suggest the near-limitless possibilities of an elemental form. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 Transcendentalism tapped into an elemental American stew of naïveté, individualistic self-love, and longing that has never really loosened its grip. Sarah Blackwood, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 In the case of Lincoln's pardon, the team closely examined the date and signature under visible and ultraviolet light, as well as using XRF analysis to compare the elemental composition of the ink. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 25 Dec. 2021 In the myths, the family dynamics are complex, rife with violence and rebellion, and play out in muscular, elemental terms not unlike Ducournau's own filmmaking. CNN, 20 Dec. 2021 Von Neumann believed that the weather-forecasting work could be extended to a complete, three-dimensional simulation of the planet’s climate, derived from elemental laws of physics. The New Yorker, 10 Dec. 2021 An immersive documentary and sensory film experience that explores the elemental phenomenon of sound and its power to bend time, cross borders, and profoundly shape our perception of the world around us. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Dec. 2021 An immersive documentary and sensory film experience that explores the elemental phenomenon of sound and its power to bend time, cross borders and profoundly shape our perception of the world around us. Todd Spangler, Variety, 9 Dec. 2021 But do crystals have any skin-care benefits? From a spiritual standpoint, Gayle questions the efficacy of crystals when coupled with non-elemental ingredients or chemicals in topical products. Beatrice Hazlehurst, Allure, 7 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of elemental

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of elemental was in the 15th century

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27 Jan 2022

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“Elemental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elemental. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for elemental

elemental

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of elemental

: basic and important : fundamental
: having the power of a force of nature
: of or relating to a chemical element

elemental

adjective
el·​e·​men·​tal | \ ˌel-ə-ˈment-ᵊl How to pronounce elemental (audio) \

Medical Definition of elemental

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

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