- the elements or first principles of a subject: the rudiments of grammar.
- a mere beginning, first slight appearance, or undeveloped or imperfect form of something: the rudiments of a plan.
Examples from the Web for rudiment
Fol gives an equally precise account, but states that the first rudiment of the organ arises as a solid mass of epiblast cells.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)|Francis Maitland Balfour
It is full of talent (I don't call that a rudiment,) but the French are passing strange.The Letters of Henry James (volume I)|Henry James
After no little perplexity, I have rendered the German word Anlage as 'rudiment.'The Biological Problem of To-day|Oscar Hertwig
But this action always presents, to some extent, the character of contingency; it implies at least a rudiment of choice.Creative Evolution|Henri Bergson
The edge of the disc forms a thickened ridge, the rudiment of the velum (v), which is entirely formed of epiblast.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume II (of 4)|Francis Maitland Balfour