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Meaning of RUDIMENT

Pronunciation:  'roodumunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the remains of a body part that was functional at an earlier stage of life; "Meckel's diverticulum is the rudiment of the embryonic yolk sac"
  2. [n]  the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural); "he mastered the rudiments of geometry"

RUDIMENT is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: ABC, ABCs, ABC's, alphabet, first principle, first rudiment
 See Also: basic principle, basics, bedrock, body part, fundamental principle, fundamentals



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ru"di*ment\, n. [L. rudimentum, fr. rudis unwrought,
    ignorant, rude: cf. F. rudiment. See {Rude}.]
    1. That which is unformed or undeveloped; the principle which
       lies at the bottom of any development; an unfinished
             but I will bring thee where thou soon shalt quit
             Those rudiments, and see before thine eyes The
             monarchies of the earth.              --Milton.
             the single leaf is the rudiment of beauty in
             landscape.                            --I. Taylor.
    2. Hence, an element or first principle of any art or
       science; a beginning of any knowledge; a first step.
             This boy is forest-born, And hath been tutored in
             the rudiments of many desperate studies. --Shak.
             There he shall first lay down the rudiments Of his
             great warfare.                        --Milton.
    3. (Biol.) An imperfect organ or part, or one which is never
  2. \Ru"di*ment\, v. t.
    To furnish with first principles or rules; to insrtuct in the
    rudiments. --Gayton.