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Definition of Elemental


  1. Pertaining to the elements, first principles, and primary ingredients, or to the four supposed elements of the material world; as, elemental air.
  2. Pertaining to rudiments or first principles; rudimentary; elementary.

Elemental Quotations

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.
Henry Beston

There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.
Albert Einstein

Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.
Karl Kraus

Human beings are social creatures. We are social not just in the trivial sense that we like company, and not just in the obvious sense that we each depend on others. We are social in a more elemental way: simply to exist as a normal human being requires interaction with other people.
Atul Gawande

The thing that's depressing is teaching graduate students today and discovering that they don't know simple elemental facts of grammar. They really do not know how to scan a line; they've never been taught to scan a line. Many of them don't know the difference between 'lie' and 'lay,' let alone 'its' and 'it's.' And they're in graduate school!
Maxine Kumin
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Elemental Translations

elemental in Dutch is elementair
elemental in German is elementar
elemental in Italian is elementare, natura secondo
elemental in Spanish is natural, elemenval, elemental
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