Rudiment Definition

ro͝odə-mənt
rudiments
noun
rudiments
A first principle, element, or fundamental, as of a subject to be learned.
The rudiments of physics.
Webster's New World
A first slight beginning or appearance, or undeveloped form or stage, of something.
Webster's New World
An incompletely developed organ or part; specif., a vestigial organ or part with no functional activity; vestige.
Webster's New World

(music) In percussion, one of a selection of basic drum patterns learned as an exercise.

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Synonyms:
abcsabcalphabetfirst-principlefirst rudimentfundamentalessentialelementOften used in plural: basicrootfundamentfoundationcornerstonebasisOften used in plural: base

Other Word Forms of Rudiment

Noun

Singular:
rudiment
Plural:
rudiments

Origin of Rudiment

  • From Old French, from Latin rudimentum (“a first attempt, a beginning"), plural rudimenta (“the elements"), from rudis (“rude"); see rude.

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin rudīmentum from rudis rough, unformed

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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