- 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
British Dictionary definitions for rudiment
Word Origin for rudiment
Word Origin and History for rudiment
1540s, from Middle French rudiment (16c.) or directly from Latin rudimentum "early training, first experience, beginning, first principle," from rudis "unlearned, untrained" (see rude). Related: Rudiments.