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- Rhymes: -ɛntəl
- Hyphenation: el‧e‧men‧tal
elemental (not comparable)
- (chemistry) Of, relating to, or being an element (as opposed to a compound).
- Basic, fundamental or elementary.
- 1898, H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, London: William Heinemann, page 219:
- Those who have escaped the dark and terrible aspects of life will find my brutality, my flash of rage in our final tragedy, easy enough to blame; for they know what is wrong as well as any, but not what is possible to tortured men. But those who have been under the shadow, who have gone down at last to elemental things, will have a wider charity.
- Of the ancient supposed elements of earth, air, fire and water.
- (by extension) Of, or relating to a force or nature, especially to severe atmospheric conditions.
relating to a chemical element, as opposed to a compound
basic, fundamental, elementary — see elementary
elemental (plural elementals)
- (theosophy, fantasy) A creature (usually a spirit) that is attuned with, or composed of, one of the classical elements: air, earth, fire and water or variations of them like ice, lightning, etc. They sometimes have unique proper names and sometimes are referred to as Air, Earth, Fire, or Water.
- 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 115:
- Incidentally, such beings may be said to have an existence of a sort upon the lower astral plane; they are elementals created by man's evil desires and unclean thoughts.
elemental (masculine and feminine plural elementals)
- “elemental” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
- “elemental” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
- “elemental” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
- “elemental” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.
elemental (plural elementales)
elemental m (plural elementales)