- Rudiment is the most basic or elemental form, or an undeveloped organ or limb.
- When you have only just begin to learn a new language and know only the simplest words, this is an example of learning the rudiments of the language.
- The very first model of an early computer that has some basic elements of computers today is an example of the rudiment of modern computers.
- An undeveloped arm on a fetus is an example of a rudiment.
- a first principle, element, or fundamental, as of a subject to be learned: usually used in pl.: the rudiments of physics
- a first slight beginning or appearance, or undeveloped form or stage, of something: usually used in pl.
- Biol. an incompletely developed organ or part; specif., a vestigial organ or part with no functional activity; vestige
Origin of rudimentClassical Latin rudimentum ; from rudis: see rude
- often rudimentsa. A fundamental element, principle, or skill, as of a field of learning: the rudiments of calculus.b. Something in an incipient or undeveloped form: the rudiments of social behavior in children; the rudiments of a plan of action.
- Biology An imperfectly or incompletely developed organ or part.
Origin of rudimentLatin rudīmentum, from rudis, rough, unformed.
- A fundamental principle or skill, especially in a field of learning (often in the plural).
- We learn the rudiments of thermodynamics next week.
- Something in an undeveloped form (often in the plural).
- I have the rudiments of an escape plan.
- (biology) A body part that no longer has a function
- (music) In percussion, one of a selection of basic drum patterns learned as an exercise.