- 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 elementally
He picked this particular Rosato because it was "elementally simple" like the bruschetta itself.The Secrets of Matchmaking
August 11, 2009
This was not the first undertaking in which their gifts, as elementally different as fire and water, had worked in conjunction.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
So elementally brutal was this man that he pounded his legs until they were black and blue, before feeling returned to them.Deadly City
Paul W. Fairman
She had not yet met a man with the poetical twist in the brain to prize her elementally.The Amazing Marriage, Complete
He could be as elementally raw at times as a screaming savage; and at other times as delicate as a maid, as subtle as a Spaniard.When God Laughs and Other Stories
But there are certain things that are elementally funny, that make all people laugh who have any laughter in their souls.The Circus, and Other Essays and Fugitive Pieces
- 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 elementally
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.