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rudiment

ru·di·ment

rudiment

 
 
pronunciation:
rud d mnt
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: (usu. pl.) a basic element, idea, skill, or the like in a complex subject or activity.
The handyman knew only the rudiments of carpentry.
definition 2: (often pl.) something in an initial, imperfect, or undeveloped form.
The rudiments of civilization were evident in their society.
definition 3: an incompletely developed part of a living organism.
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