elementary


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

el·e·men·ta·ry

 (ĕl′ə-mĕn′tə-rē, -trē)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or constituting the basic, essential, or fundamental part: an elementary need for love and nurturing.
2. Of, relating to, or involving the fundamental or simplest aspects of a subject: an elementary problem in statistics.
3. Of or relating to an elementary school or elementary education: the elementary grades; elementary teachers.

el′e·men·ta′ri·ly (-tĕr′ə-lē) adv.
el′e·men′ta·ri·ness n.

elementary

(ˌɛlɪˈmɛntərɪ; -trɪ)
adj
1. not difficult; simple; rudimentary
2. of or concerned with the first principles of a subject; introductory or fundamental
3. (Mathematics) maths (of a function) having the form of an algebraic, exponential, trigonometric, or a logarithmic function, or any combination of these
4. (Elements & Compounds) chem another word for elemental5
ˌeleˈmentarily adv
ˌeleˈmentariness n

el•e•men•ta•ry

(ˌɛl əˈmɛn tə ri, -tri)

adj.
1. pertaining to rudiments or first principles.
2. of or pertaining to an elementary school.
3. of the nature of an ultimate constituent; simple or uncompounded: an elementary part of matter.
4. pertaining to the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, or to the great forces of nature.
[1400–50; (< Middle French) < Latin]
el`e•men•tar′i•ly (-ˈtɛr ə li) adv.
el`e•men′ta•ri•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.elementary - easy and not involved or complicatedelementary - easy and not involved or complicated; "an elementary problem in statistics"; "elementary, my dear Watson"; "a simple game"; "found an uncomplicated solution to the problem"
easy - posing no difficulty; requiring little effort; "an easy job"; "an easy problem"; "an easy victory"; "the house is easy to heat"; "satisfied with easy answers"; "took the easy way out of his dilemma"
2.elementary - of or pertaining to or characteristic of elementary school or elementary education; "the elementary grades"; "elementary teachers"
3.elementary - 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"

elementary

adjective
1. basic, essential, primary, initial, fundamental, introductory, preparatory, rudimentary, elemental, bog-standard (informal) Literacy now includes elementary computer skills.
basic higher, advanced, secondary, progressive, highly-developed
2. simple, clear, easy, plain, straightforward, rudimentary, uncomplicated, facile, undemanding, unexacting elementary questions designed to test numeracy
simple complex, complicated, sophisticated

elementary

adjective
1. Of or being an irreducible element:
2. Of or treating the most basic aspects:
Translations
أساسي، إبْتِدائي
elementærgrund-grundlæggendebasal
elemi
undirstöîu-
elementarnaelementarneelementarny
elementárny
osnoven

elementary

[ˌelɪˈmentərɪ]
A. ADJ
1. (= basic) [idea, precautions, rules] → elemental, básico
elementary politeness requires thatla cortesía más elemental requiere que ...
elementary, my dear Watson!¡elemental, querido Watson!
2. (= introductory) [maths, level, exercises] → elemental, básico
elementary reading and writing skillshabilidades fpl de lectura y escritura básicas
B. CPD elementary education N (US) → enseñanza f primaria
elementary particle Npartícula f elemental
elementary school N (US) → escuela f de enseñanza primaria
elementary student N (US) → alumno/a m/f de (la escuela) primaria
elementary teacher N (US) → maestro/a m/f de (enseñanza) primaria

elementary

[ˌɛlɪˈmɛntəri] adj
(= basic) → élémentaire
[school, education] → primaireelementary education n (US)enseignement m primaireelementary school n (US) (= primary school) → école f primaireelementary teacher n (US)professeur mf des écoles, instituteur/trice m/f

elementary

adj
(= simple) ruleseinfach, elementar; (= basic) idea, fact, precautionsgrundlegend; a few elementary ruleseinige Grundregeln; sometimes the cause is quite elementarymanchmal ist die Ursache ganz einfach or simpel; elementary mistakeGrundfehler m, → grober Fehler; elementary, my dear Watsonelementar, lieber Watson
(pej: = rudimentary) → primitiv; his acting is about as elementary as you can getprimitiver als er kann man gar nicht spielen
(Sch) levelelementar; elementary skills/knowledgeGrundkenntnisse pl; elementary reading and writingGrundkenntnisse plim Lesen und Schreiben; elementary computer skillsgrundlegende Computerkenntnisse pl; elementary mathsElementarmathematik f; a rather elementary knowledge of scienceeinige Grundkenntnisse in Naturwissenschaften

elementary

:
elementary education
nGrundschulbildung f
elementary particle
n (Phys) → Elementarteilchen nt
elementary particle physics
n (Phys) → Elementarteilchenphysik f
elementary school
n (US: = primary school) → Grundschule f
elementary schooling
n (US) → Grundschulbildung f
elementary student
n (US) → Grundschüler(in) m(f)
elementary teacher
n (US) → Grundschullehrer(in) m(f)

elementary

[ˌɛlɪˈmɛntrɪ] adjelementare
elementary physics → i primi rudimenti di fisica

element

(ˈeləmənt) noun
1. an essential part of anything. Sound teaching of grammar is one of the elements of a good education.
2. a substance that cannot be split by chemical means into simpler substances. Hydrogen, chlorine, iron and uranium are elements.
3. surroundings necessary for life. Water is a fish's natural element.
4. a slight amount. an element of doubt.
5. the heating part in an electric kettle etc.
ˌeleˈmentary (-ˈmen-) adjective
very simple; not advanced. elementary mathematics.
ˈelements noun plural
1. the first things to be learned in any subject. the elements of musical theory.
2. the forces of nature, as wind and rain.
in one's element
in the surroundings that are most natural or pleasing to one.

elementary

a. elemental; rudimentario-a.
References in classic literature ?
Most of the books were locked up behind glass doors; but there was one bookcase left open containing everything that could be needed in the way of elementary works, and several volumes of light literature, poetry, biography, travels, a few romances, &c.
So far is it from the ordinary habits of mankind to calculate the importance of events in their elementary principles, that had the first colonists of our country ever intimated as a part of their designs the project of founding a great and mighty nation, the finger of scorn would have pointed them to the cells of Bedlam as an abode more suitable for hatching vain empires than the solitude of a transatlantic desert.
As the latter have considered the work of the immortal bard as the perfect model from which the principles and rules of the epic art were to be drawn, and by which all similar works were to be judged, so this great political critic appears to have viewed the Constitution of England as the standard, or to use his own expression, as the mirror of political liberty; and to have delivered, in the form of elementary truths, the several characteristic principles of that particular system.
Consequently, Nature herself supplies us with an ascending scale or Alphabet of angles for half a degree up to 60 degrees, Specimens of which are placed in every Elementary School throughout the land.
A horrid turmoil of mind and body; bursting sobs; broken, vanishing thoughts, now of indignation, now of remorse; broken elementary whiffs of consciousness, of the smell of the horse-hair on the chair bottom, of the jangling of church bells that now began to make day horrible throughout the confines of the city, of the hard floor that bruised his knees, of the taste of tears that found their way into his mouth: for a period of time, the duration of which I cannot guess, while I refuse to dwell longer on its agony, these were the whole of God's world for John Nicholson.
He took the wolf and locked him up in a cage, with a piece of meat that satisfied, in quantity at any rate, the elementary conditions of the fatted calf, and went off to report.
I have a certain claim to at least an elementary knowledge of psychology, and in this matter I am convinced--as firmly as I am convinced of anything--that the Martians interchanged thoughts without any physical intermediation.
And suddenly I rejoiced in the great se- curity of the sea as compared with the unrest of the land, in my choice of that untempted life presenting no dis- quieting problems, invested with an elementary moral beauty by the absolute straightforwardness of its appeal and by the singleness of its purpose.
He however, occasionally renewed his elementary studies, and, with the observation of a shrewd mind, was comfort ably applying his practice to his theory.
I was very stupid about machines, so I was to be greatly occupied with them; I had no memory for classification, so it was particularly necessary that I should study systematic zoology and botany; I was hungry for human deeds and humane motions, so I was to be plentifully crammed with the mechanical powers, the elementary bodies, and the phenomena of electricity and magnetism.
The Hand of Friendship must in some way have averted the Whip of Calamity, for six weeks later Kim seems to have passed an examination in elementary surveying 'with great credit', his age being fifteen years and eight months.
A flight from Siberia may fix a few elementary facts in the mind, but it does not seem to lead to continuity of thought.