- not difficult; simple; rudimentary
- of or concerned with the first principles of a subject; introductory or fundamental
- another word for elemental
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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
el•e•men•ta•ry /ˌɛləˈmɛntəri/USA pronunciation adj.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
el•e•men•ta•ry (el′ə men′tə rē, -trē),
1 . Elementary, primary, rudimentary refer to what is basic and fundamental. Elementary refers to the introductory, simple, easy facts or parts of a subject that must necessarily be learned first in order to understand succeeding ones:elementary arithmetic.Primary may mean much the same as elementary;
however, it usually emphasizes the idea of what comes first even more than that of simplicity:primary steps.Rudimentary applies to what is undeveloped or imperfect:a rudimentary form of government.
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antiparticle - baryon - basic - basically - boson - box camera - charm - decay - electron - elementary particle - elementary school - entry-level - fermion - fundamental particle - gauge boson - gauge theory - Gell-Mann - ˈgentleness - grammar school - grand unified theory - hadron - interaction - intermediate vector boson - introduction - J/psi particle - lepton - lepton number - Lévi-Strauss - lifetime - logical positivism - mean life - meson - mole - Molotov cocktail - monopole - muon - nature study - neutrino - neutron - new maths - omega minus - -on - particle - particle accelerator - parton - Pestalozzi - primary - primary school - proton
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