rudimentary

  • 1 Rudimentary — Ru di*men ta*ry, a. [Cf. F. rudimentaire.] 1. Of or pertaining to rudiments; consisting in first principles; elementary; initial; as, rudimental essays. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) Very imperfectly developed; in an early stage of development;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 rudimentary — I adjective abecedarian, basal, basic, beginning, crude, elemental, elementary, embryonic, essential, formative, fundamental, germinal, germinative, immature, inceptive, inchoate, incohatus, incomplete, initial, initiative, initiatory, original,… …

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  • 3 rudimentary — 1827; see RUDIMENT (Cf. rudiment) + ARY (Cf. ary) …

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  • 4 rudimentary — [adj] basic, fundamental abecedarian, basal, beginning, early, elemental, elementary, embryonic, immature, initial, introductory, larval, nuts and bolts*, primary, primitive, simple, simplest, uncompleted, undeveloped, vestigial; concepts 546,549 …

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  • 5 rudimentary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) involving or limited to basic principles. 2) immature, undeveloped, or basic. DERIVATIVES rudimentarily adverb …

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  • 6 rudimentary — [ro͞o΄də men′tər ē, ro͞o΄dəmen′trē] adj. of, or having the nature of, a rudiment or rudiments; specif., a) elementary b) incompletely or imperfectly developed c) vestigial: sometimes rudimental rudimentarily [ro͞o΄də men ter′ə lē, ro͞o΄dəmen′tər… …

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  • 7 rudimentary — ru|di|men|ta|ry [ˌru:dıˈmentəri] adj 1.) a rudimentary knowledge or understanding of a subject is very simple and basic ≠ ↑sophisticated ▪ Gradually, I acquired a rudimentary knowledge of music. ▪ my rudimentary German 2.) rudimentary equipment,… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 rudimentary — [[t]ru͟ːdɪme̱ntri[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Rudimentary things are very basic or simple and are therefore unsatisfactory. [FORMAL] The earth surface of the courtyard extended into a kind of rudimentary kitchen... They are deprived of the ability to… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 rudimentary — adjective 1 a rudimentary knowledge or understanding of a subject is very simple and basic: a rudimentary knowledge of Japanese 2 rudimentary equipment, methods, systems etc are very basic and not advanced: The classroom equipment is pretty… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 rudimentary — adjective Date: 1839 1. consisting in first principles ; fundamental < had only a rudimentary formal education D. J. Boorstin > 2. of a primitive kind < the equipment of these past empire builders was rudimentary A. J. Toynbee > 3. very… …

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  • 11 rudimentary — adjective 1) rudimentary carpentry skills Syn: basic, elementary, primary, fundamental, essential Ant: advanced 2) the equipment was rudimentary Syn: primitive, crude …

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  • 12 rudimentary — adjective /ˌɹuːdɪˈmɛntəɹi/ a) of or related to one or more rudiments I have only a rudimentary grasp of chemistry. b) Basic; minimal; with less than, or only the minimum, necessary. His grasp of rudimentary English allowed him at least to do the… …

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  • 13 rudimentary — rudimentarily /rooh deuh men tair euh lee, men teuhr euh lee/, adv. rudimentariness, n. /rooh deuh men teuh ree, tree/, adj. 1. pertaining to rudiments or first principles; elementary: a rudimentary knowledge of geometry. 2. of the nature of a… …

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  • 14 rudimentary — adj. Rudimentary is used with these nouns: ↑knowledge, ↑understanding …

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  • 15 rudimentary — [ˌruːdɪˈment(ə)ri] adj basic rudimentary knowledge[/ex] …

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  • 16 rudimentary — very small and poorly formed; undeveloped; imperfectly developed …

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  • 17 rudimentary — n. [L. rudimentum, a beginning] An incomplete stage of development; initial; early; undeveloped; see vestigial …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 18 rudimentary — Relating to a rudiment. SYN: abortive (2). * * * ru·di·men·ta·ry .rüd ə ment ə rē, men trē adj very imperfectly developed or represented only by a vestige * * * ru·di·men·ta·ry (roo″dĭ menґtə re) 1. imperfectly developed. 2.… …

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  • 19 rudimentary — Synonyms and related words: Lilliputian, Tom Thumb, abecedarian, aboriginal, antenatal, arrested, autochthonous, backward, basal, basic, basilar, beginning, budding, central, coarse, creative, crucial, crude, dumpy, dwarf, dwarfed, dwarfish,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 rudimentary — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. elementary, abecedarian; embryonic, undeveloped, imperfect, vestigial. See beginning, unpreparedness. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Primary] Syn. basic, elemental, initial; see fundamental 1 , original …

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