rudiment

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noun ru·di·ment \ˈrü-də-mənt\

Definition of rudiment

  1. 1 :  a basic principle or element or a fundamental skill —usually used in plural teaching themselves the rudiments of rational government — G. B. Galanti

  2. 2a :  something unformed or undeveloped :  beginning —usually used in plural the rudiments of a planb (1) :  a body part so deficient in size or structure as to be entirely unable to perform its normal function (2) :  an organ just beginning to develop :  anlage

rudimental

play \ˌrü-də-ˈmen-təl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of rudiment

Latin rudimentum beginning, from rudis raw, rude


RUDIMENT Defined for Kids

rudiment

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noun ru·di·ment \ˈrü-də-mənt\

Definition of rudiment for Students

  1. :  a basic principle


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rudiment

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noun ru·di·ment \ˈrüd-ə-mənt\

Medical Definition of rudiment

  1. :  an incompletely developed organ or part; especially :  an organ or part just beginning to develop :  anlage


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