- of any or all of the four elements
- of or like natural forces; characteristic of the physical universe
- basic and powerful; not subtle or refined; primal: hunger and sex are elemental drives
- elementary (sense )
- being an essential or basic part or parts
- being a chemical element in uncombined form
Origin of elementalMiddle English from Medieval Latin elementalis
a basic principle; rudiment: usually used in pl.
- Of, relating to, or being an element.
- a. Fundamental or essential; basic.b. Of or relating to fundamentals; elementary.c. Constituting an integral part; inborn.
- Of such character as to resemble a force of nature in power or effect: elemental violence.
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.
- (fantasy) A creature (usually a spirit) that is attuned with, or composed of, one of the classical elements: air, earth, fire and water. They sometimes have unique proper names and sometimes are referred to as Air, Earth, Fire, or Water.