- of the nature of an ultimate constituent; simple; uncompounded.
- pertaining to rudiments or first principles.
- starkly simple, primitive, or basic: a spare, elemental prose style; hate, lust, and other elemental emotions.
- pertaining to the agencies, forces, or phenomena of physical nature: elemental gods.
- comparable to the great forces of nature, as in power or magnitude: elemental grandeur.
- of, relating to, or of the nature of the four elements, earth, water, air, and fire, or of any one of them.
- pertaining to chemical elements.
Origin of elemental
Examples from the Web for elemental
The word primitive does not do justice to the elemental nature of dining in one of the great barbecue parlors of this region.The Texas Church of Beef
Jane & Michael Stern
April 27, 2014
He returned medicine to its most elemental form—a profession that tries to help out someone who is sick.C. Everett Koop: Pioneering Surgeon General Spurred Reagan Response to AIDS
February 26, 2013
Yet it does point out how elemental health and health care are—for both citizens and those running for election.Mitt’s Bizarre Lyme Disease Offensive
October 2, 2012
The more important dynamic at work, Firman said, is the longer-term process of elemental self-discovery that can happen.Michael Ybarra’s Death Underscores the Allure and Dangers of Solo Climbing
Scott C. Johnson
July 15, 2012
Buffett in his action has boiled down the entire health-care debate to its most elemental: what is the cost of peace of mind?Warren Buffett’s Cancer Decoded
April 19, 2012
Good Indian laughed at her, a laugh of pure, elemental joy in life and in love.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
But along the edge of the oven were graven the signs of the eight elemental forces.The Chinese Fairy Book
The majesty of Fact is on their side, and the elemental forces of Nature are working for them.The Origin of Species
Thomas H. Huxley
But the simple measure of nationality is severely natural and elemental.Mountain Meditations
And with this certainty surely we have all that is necessary for an elemental religion.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
- fundamental; basic; primalthe elemental needs of man
- motivated by or symbolic of primitive and powerful natural forces or passionselemental rites of worship
- of or relating to earth, air, water, and fire considered as elements
- of or relating to atmospheric forces, esp wind, rain, and cold
- of, relating to, or denoting a chemical element
- rare a spirit or force that is said to appear in physical form
Word Origin and History for elemental
late 15c., "pertaining to the four elements," from Medieval Latin elementalis, from Latin elementum (see element). Meaning "simple, uncomplicated" is from 1550s; that of "relating to first principles" is from 1570s. The noun in the occult sense is from 1877.