Adjective "Rudiment" definition and examples

(Rudiment may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈruːdɪm(ə)nt/

Definitions and examples

noun

The first principles of (a subject)
  1. '‘Working with them helped me to know the rudiments of film-making,’ he says.'
  2. 'In the past road safety initiatives focused on children's lack of experience and competence in dealing with traffic, and aspired to teach children the rudiments of dealing with a busy road.'
  3. 'They will be taught the rudiments of life saving so that in the event of an emergency they can help sustain life until paramedics arrive.'
  4. 'Teaching pupils the rudiments of double-blind tests, clinical trial methods and general principles of factoring studies for other influences would clear these scientific confusions.'
  5. 'It is hard to say what, beyond the rudiments of painting, Dou derived from his time with Rembrandt.'
  6. 'In the biographers' accounts, the cardinal is cast as something of a second father figure, teaching the young Bernini the rudiments of literature even as his actual father taught him how to hold a drill.'
  7. 'It neglects the fact that although the rudiments of a task can be picked up quite soon, skills take time to develop, and the process is inhibited by too many job changes, compulsory task rotations, or rapid staff turnover.'
  8. 'There is a regrettable paucity of training in the rudiments of security protocols or practices at the library.'
  9. 'He taught them the rudiments of carpentry and construction as they put up a unit for poultry production.'
  10. 'If you don't understand the rudiments of grammar you won't be able to deal with Shakespeare.'
  11. 'the rudiments of a hot-water system'
  12. 'Using the indigenously available material, they have put together the rudiments of a ‘glider aircraft’, similar in function and style to the imported gliders used only by defence pilots in India.'
  13. 'Based on careful observations, Darwin contended that many animals possess general concepts, some reasoning ability, rudiments of moral sentiments, and complex emotions.'
An undeveloped or immature part or organ, especially a structure in an embryo or larva which will develop into an organ, limb, etc.
  1. 'It has rudiments of the limb girdles, but no fins.'
  2. 'A small posterior element in this limb may be a rudiment of the fifth metacarpal.'
  3. 'Ichthyostega had seven digits in the feet and still retained some gill arch rudiments and fin rays in the tail.'
A basic pattern used by drummers, such as the roll, the flam, and the paradiddle.
  1. 'A team of 17 individuals assists the band with marching rudiments, choreography and in developing tight musical and visual components.'
  2. 'He flows like a slap bassist, performing exhausting rudiments in too-tight spaces with little grace and even less rhythm.'

More definitions

noun

1. Usually, rudiments. the elements or first principles of a subject: the rudiments of grammar.

a mere beginning, first slight appearance, or undeveloped or imperfect form of something: the rudiments of a plan.

2. Biology. an organ or part incompletely developed in size or structure, as one in an embryonic stage, one arrested in growth, or one with no functional activity, as a vestige.

Origin

(rudiment)Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin rudimentum, from rudis ‘unwrought’, on the pattern of elementum ‘element’.