rudiment: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (r'du-munt), [key]
— n.
  1. Usually, the rudiments of grammar.
    1. the elements or first principles of a subject:the rudiments of grammar.
    2. a mere beginning, first slight appearance, or undeveloped or imperfect form of something:the rudiments of a plan.
  2. an organ or part incompletely developed in size or structure, as one in an embryonic stage, one arrested in growth, or one with no functional activity, as a vestige.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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