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
Here, where both land and life are flat, the privations of rural teenage existence yield wild and elemental bewitchments.
The researchers concentrated on changes to carbon isotopes, or subtly different elemental formations that betray whether carbon in plants came from carbon dioxide or methane.
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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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