rudiment

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Etymology[edit]

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

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rudiment (plural rudiments)

  1. A fundamental principle or skill, especially in a field of learning (often in the plural).
    We learn the rudiments of thermodynamics next week.
    • Shakespeare
      This boy is forest-born, / And hath been tutored in the rudiments / Of many desperate studies.
  2. Something in an undeveloped form (often in the plural).
    I have the rudiments of an escape plan.
    • Milton
      But I will bring thee where thou soon shalt quit / Those rudiments, and see before thine eyes / The monarchies of the earth.
    • I. Taylor
      The single leaf is the rudiment of beauty in landscape.
  3. (biology) A body part that no longer has a function
  4. (music) In percussion, one of a selection of basic drum patterns learned as an exercise.

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Etymology[edit]

Latin rudimentum

Noun[edit]

rudiment m (plural rudiments)

  1. rudiment (fundamental principle)

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin rudimentum

Noun[edit]

rudiment m (plural rudiments)

  1. rudiment (fundamental principle)

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Rudiment, from Latin rudimentum.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /rudǐment/
  • Hyphenation: ru‧di‧ment

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rudìment m (Cyrillic spelling рудѝмент)

  1. rudiment

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References[edit]

  • rudiment” in Hrvatski jezični portal