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 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
rudimentalplay \ˌrü-də-ˈmen-təl\ adjective
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Brandt wants to plant a garden to teach addicts the rudiments of farming and growing their own food.
Last but definitely not least, the Baby Food Diet does not teach adults the essential rudiments of a healthy diet.
Whether the nuclear test is big or small, delayed or scrapped, botched or successful, experts say the North’s program is now moving steadily beyond the rudiments of nuclear arms design, raising not only global alarms but the geopolitical stakes.
There are courses that focus on the team-building, professional development end of the sport, to sections devoted to the rudiments of racing, to shorter courses designed for themed outings with family, friends or colleagues.
The anxiety was not to escape but to stay connected, to make sure that the necessities for survival had been met, the rudiments of language grasped, the foreign mechanisms understood.
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Origin and Etymology of rudiment
Latin rudimentum beginning, from rudis raw, rude
First Known Use: 1534See Words from the same year
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Definition of rudiment for Students
: a basic principle
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