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What does elementary mean?
Elementary describes the basics or beginning steps of something. Elementary lessons in soccer, for example, might include how to dribble the ball.
The most common use of elementary in the US is in the phrase elementary school, the first few years of schooling, when the basics of reading, math, and other important subjects are taught. An elementary teacher is someone who teaches in elementary school and an elementary math book is a book with math lessons aimed at elementary schoolchildren.
Elementary can also be used in the context of chemical elements, which are a class of substances that cannot be broken down into simpler substances. In older scientific studies and belief systems, the Earth was believed to be elementarily comprised of four elements: earth, fire, water, and air.
Related to that, something that is elementary is simple or uncompounded.
Example: Times tables are simply elementary, so I do not need a calculator.
Where does elementary come from?
The first records of the term elementary come from the 1400s. It ultimately comes from the Latin elementārius, meaning “of one of the four elements.” The four elements were once considered the simple building blocks that make up nature.
Elementary is famous in popular culture as a supposed catchphrase for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. The phrase “It is elementary, my dear Watson,” was popularized by fans of the detective series but was never actually said by the character. Holmes did often use the word elementary, however, when explaining his deductions. Doyle’s use of elementary makes his character appear smarter than the average person.
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What are some other forms related to elementary?
- elementarily (adverb)
- elementariness (noun)
- nonelementary (adjective)
- postelementary (adjective)
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How is elementary used in real life?
Elementary is usually used to describe something basic or to suggest something difficult is actually easy.
I miss elementary school happiness. that prepubescent happiness hit different.
— queen quen (@quenblackwell) November 26, 2018
elementary, my dear hoatzin ! pic.twitter.com/cw4mSf2vuR
— ⍾ (@sjwalrus) October 7, 2020
Just for fun: If I were an elementary particle, I would be a:
— Tommy Technetium (Tom Kuntzleman) (@pchemstud) October 1, 2020
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How to use elementary in a sentence
At least two Massachusetts districts have eliminated elementary PE altogether this year, according to the president of the state’s SHAPE chapter.Kids are shooting hoops with rolled up socks, but pandemic physical education is not canceled|Kelly Field|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
Despite the need, Pfizer is the only manufacturer whose pediatric vaccine trials are far enough along to potentially have data on elementary-school age children by the end of the summer.Fauci: Vaccines for Kids as Young as First Graders Could Be Authorized by September|by Caroline Chen|February 11, 2021|ProPublica
In part of the city where demand was high for in-person learning, elementary students may be reporting to classrooms for only a few hours in the morning, with another group coming in the afternoon.After months of planning, protests and false starts, D.C. students and teachers head to classes for first time in nearly a year|Perry Stein, Lauren Lumpkin, Joe Heim, Laura Meckler|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
This elementary observation has deep connections to many areas of mathematics and yet is simple enough to be taught to kindergartners.Topology 101: The Hole Truth|David S. Richeson|January 26, 2021|Quanta Magazine
In the late 1960s, Ralph Dotinga – the son of Dutch immigrant dairy farmers – was a 6-foot-6 teacher at a Chula Vista elementary school.The Long Goodbye: How COVID-19 Took My Dad’s Life|Randy Dotinga|January 11, 2021|Voice of San Diego
Although Huckabee's condescending tone - like that of an elementary school history teacher - makes it difficult to take seriously.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And then I did teachers all throughout elementary school and junior high for my friends.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Supporters pointed to math and literacy gains, while critics noted that those improvements disappeared in elementary school.Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?|Peter Orszag, Jim Nussle|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A small-town Ohio elementary school teacher just racked up 25 charges on an otherwise clean record for allegedly raping her son.Ohio Elementary School Teacher Charged With Raping Her Son|Nina Strochlic|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her lawyer said he thought she had been fired from her job, as a first-grade teacher at Cridersville Elementary.Ohio Elementary School Teacher Charged With Raping Her Son|Nina Strochlic|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had no conception of the use of the other arms of the service, and never gained even the most elementary knowledge of strategy.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Have cabled a very elementary question: "Could not the Japanese bombs be copied in England?"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
With them he is obliged to submit his bills to the elementary rules of arithmetic, and be careful that two and two make only four.Friend Mac Donald|Max O'Rell
As time passed, this fund expanded considerably and was used to improve elementary education.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
It is used in journals, memoirs, biographies, and many elementary histories.English: Composition and Literature|W. F. (William Franklin) Webster