rudiment

noun
ru·​di·​ment | \ ˈrü-də-mənt How to pronounce rudiment (audio) \

Definition of rudiment

1 : a basic principle or element or a fundamental skill usually used in plural teaching themselves the rudiments of rational government— G. B. Galanti
2a : something unformed or undeveloped : beginning usually used in plural the rudiments of a plan
b(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

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Other Words from rudiment

rudimental \ ˌrü-​də-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce rudimental (audio) \ adjective

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The sheer scale of the original pandemic meant that many were denied even the rudiments that medicine could offer a century ago. William F. Bynum, WSJ, "‘Pandemic 1918’ and ‘Influenza’ Review: Fire, Ice or Virus?," 4 Jan. 2019 What Sasser has found here is a kind of case law — and the rudiments of a justice system. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 On the Senate Judiciary Committee, staffers from both parties are still organizing the rudiments of a confirmation process and have not yet focused on specific issues. Amy Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "Judicial views on religion likely to figure into a fierce Supreme Court confirmation fight," 8 July 2018 On the Senate Judiciary Committee, staffers from both parties are still organizing the rudiments of a confirmation process and have not yet focused on specific issues. Amy Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "Judicial views on religion likely to figure into a fierce Supreme Court confirmation fight," 8 July 2018 On the Senate Judiciary Committee, staffers from both parties are still organizing the rudiments of a confirmation process and have not yet focused on specific issues. Amy Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "Judicial views on religion likely to figure into a fierce Supreme Court confirmation fight," 8 July 2018 On the Senate Judiciary Committee, staffers from both parties are still organizing the rudiments of a confirmation process and have not yet focused on specific issues. Amy Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "Judicial views on religion likely to figure into a fierce Supreme Court confirmation fight," 8 July 2018 On the Senate Judiciary Committee, staffers from both parties are still organizing the rudiments of a confirmation process and have not yet focused on specific issues. Amy Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "Judicial views on religion likely to figure into a fierce Supreme Court confirmation fight," 8 July 2018 On the Senate Judiciary Committee, staffers from both parties are still organizing the rudiments of a confirmation process and have not yet focused on specific issues. Amy Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "Judicial views on religion likely to figure into a fierce Supreme Court confirmation fight," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of rudiment

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rudiment

Latin rudimentum beginning, from rudis raw, rude

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rudiment

noun
ru·​di·​ment | \ ˈrü-də-mənt How to pronounce rudiment (audio) \

Kids Definition of rudiment

: a basic principle

rudiment

noun
ru·​di·​ment | \ ˈrüd-ə-mənt How to pronounce rudiment (audio) \

Medical Definition of rudiment

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

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