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el·e·men·tal

 (ĕl′ə-mĕn′tl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or being an element.
2.
a. Fundamental or essential; basic.
b. Of or relating to fundamentals; elementary.
c. Constituting an integral part; inborn.
3. Of such character as to resemble a force of nature in power or effect: elemental violence.
n.
In certain occult systems, an inhabitant of one of the four elements, especially any of the beings described by Paracelsus as intermediate in corporeality between humans and spirits.

el′e·men′tal·ly adv.

elemental

(ˌɛlɪˈmɛntəl)
adj
1. fundamental; basic; primal: the elemental needs of man.
2. motivated by or symbolic of primitive and powerful natural forces or passions: elemental rites of worship.
3. of or relating to earth, air, water, and fire considered as elements
4. (Physical Geography) of or relating to atmospheric forces, esp wind, rain, and cold
5. (Elements & Compounds) of, relating to, or denoting a chemical element
n
(European Myth & Legend) rare a spirit or force that is said to appear in physical form
ˌeleˈmentally adv
ˌeleˈmentalˌism n

el•e•men•tal

(ˌɛl əˈmɛn tl)

adj.
1. being a fundamental constituent; uncompounded.
2. pertaining to rudiments or first principles.
3. starkly simple, or basic: elemental emotions.
4. pertaining to the forces or phenomena of physical nature.
5. pertaining to the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, or any one of them.
6. pertaining to chemical elements.
[1485–95; < Medieval Latin]
el`e•men′tal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.elemental - relating to or being an element; "elemental sulphur"
2.elemental - relating to severe atmospheric conditions; "a race against hail or cold rains or some other elemental catastrophe"- J.K.Howard
3.elemental - of or being the essential or basic part; "an elementary need for love and nurturing"
basic - pertaining to or constituting a base or basis; "a basic fact"; "the basic ingredients"; "basic changes in public opinion occur because of changes in priorities"

elemental

adjective
1. basic, essential, principal, fundamental, elementary the elemental theory of music
2. primal, original, primitive, primordial the elemental powers of the universe
3. atmospheric, natural, meteorological the elemental forces that shaped this rugged Atlantic coast

elemental

adjective
1. Of or being an irreducible element:
2. Forming an essential element, as arising from the basic structure of an individual:
Translations

elemental

[ˌelɪˈmentl] ADJelemental

elemental

adj
(liter) truth, life, feeling, driveelementar; arturwüchsig; elemental forceElementargewalt f, → Naturgewalt f; elemental powersElementarkräfte pl; the elemental energies (of the four elements) → die Energien plder vier Elemente
(Chem) → elementar

elemental

[ˌɛlɪˈmɛntl] adj (basic) → fondamentale (Chem, Phys) → elementare; (forces) → della natura
References in classic literature ?
But once Tashtego's senior, an old Gay-Head Indian among the crew, superstitiously asserted that not till he was full forty years old did Ahab become that way branded, and then it came upon him, not in the fury of any mortal fray, but in an elemental strife at sea.
It was an elemental odor, raw and crude; it was rich, almost rancid, sensual, and strong.
I speak not of the finicking joy of the gourmet, but the joy of an honest appetite in ecstasy, the elemental joy of absorbing quantities of fresh simple food,--mere roast lamb, new potatoes, and peas of living green.
Again, God said, let ther be Firmament Amid the Waters, and let it divide The Waters from the Waters: and God made The Firmament, expanse of liquid, pure, Transparent, Elemental Air, diffus'd In circuit to the uttermost convex Of this great Round: partition firm and sure, The Waters underneath from those above Dividing: for as Earth, so hee the World Built on circumfluous Waters calme, in wide Crystallin Ocean, and the loud misrule Of CHAOS farr remov'd, least fierce extreames Contiguous might distemper the whole frame: And Heav'n he nam'd the Firmament: So Eev'n And Morning CHORUS sung the second Day.
Firm and undaunted in the confidence of that sacred bond; conscious of the purity, and convinced of the importance of your motives, you put your trust in the protecting shield of Providence, and smiled defiance at the combining terrors of human malice and of elemental strife.
Here was my own pet lunatic, the most pronounced of his type that I had ever met with, talking elemental philosophy, and with the manner of a polished gentleman.
But those who have been under the shadow, who have gone down at last to elemental things, will have a wider charity.
It is man who, in a chance phrase, interprets the elemental passion of his enemy.
When they woke it was a fair day, full of the noises, of birds, the smell of box lavender, and fried bacon, mixed with an elemental smell they had never met before.
They were to seclude themselves in the extensive apartments occupied by Aylmer as a laboratory, and where, during his toilsome youth, he had made discoveries in the elemental powers of Nature that had roused the admiration of all the learned societies in Europe.
On the other hand, my adventurous pursuit kept me in contact with the sea where I found occupation, protection, consolation, the mental relief of grappling with concrete problems, the sanity one acquires from close contact with simple mankind, a little self-confidence born from the dealings with the elemental powers of nature.
It was an elemental materialism, difficult to understand, but it was a language very clear to Martin.