elemental Definition

  • 1related to or embodying the powers of nature
  • 2basic and fundamental
  • 3relating to the basic or essential components that make up something

Using elemental: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "elemental" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The storm was an elemental force of nature.

  • Example

    The book covers the elemental principles of physics.

  • Example

    The artist used elemental shapes and colors in her paintings.

elemental Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with elemental

  • a technique used to determine the elemental composition of a sample


    The elemental analysis of the soil showed high levels of nitrogen.

  • elemental force

    a powerful force of nature, such as a hurricane or tornado


    The elemental force of the earthquake caused widespread damage.

  • a bright yellow solid that is the most common form of sulfur found in nature


    Elemental sulfur is used in the production of fertilizers and other chemicals.

Origins of elemental

from Latin 'elementum', meaning 'a first principle'


Summary: elemental in Brief

The term 'elemental' [el-uh-men-tl] refers to the powers of nature, basic and fundamental concepts, and essential components. It can describe natural phenomena like storms, basic principles like physics, and the use of simple shapes and colors in art. 'Elemental' extends into phrases like 'elemental analysis,' which determines the elemental composition of a sample.

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