- 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: L rudimentum from rudis: see rude
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- A fundamental element, principle, or skill, as of a field of learning. Often used in the plural.
- Something in an incipient or undeveloped form. Often used in the plural: the rudiments of social behavior in children; the rudiments of a plan of action.
- Biology An imperfectly or incompletely developed organ or part.
Origin: Latin rudīmentum, from rudis, rough, unformed.
- ruˌdi·menˈtal adjective
rudiment - Medical Definition
- An imperfectly or incompletely developed organ or part.
- Something in an incipient or undeveloped form. Often used in the plural.