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ˌɛl əˈmɛn tlel·e·men·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elemental(adj)

    relating to or being an element

    "elemental sulphur"

  2. elemental(adj)

    relating to severe atmospheric conditions

    "a race against hail or cold rains or some other elemental catastrophe"- J.K.Howard

  3. elementary, elemental, primary(adj)

    of or being the essential or basic part

    "an elementary need for love and nurturing"


  1. elemental(Noun)

    A creature (usually a spirit) that is attuned with, or composed of, one of the classical elements: air, earth, fire and water. They sometimes have unique proper names and sometimes are referred to as Air, Earth, Fire, or Water.

  2. elemental(Adjective)

    of, relating to, or being an element (as opposed to a compound)

  3. elemental(Adjective)

    basic, fundamental or elementary

  4. elemental(Adjective)

    of the ancient supposed elements of earth, air, fire and water

  5. elemental(Adjective)

    of, or relating to a force or nature, especially to severe atmospheric conditions

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elemental(adj)

    pertaining to the elements, first principles, and primary ingredients, or to the four supposed elements of the material world; as, elemental air

  2. Elemental(adj)

    pertaining to rudiments or first principles; rudimentary; elementary


  1. Elemental

    An elemental is a mythological being first appearing in the alchemical works of Paracelsus in the 16th century. Traditionally, there are four types: gnomes, undines, sylphs, and salamanders. These correspond to the Classical elements of antiquity: earth, water, wind, and fire. Aether was not assigned an elemental. The exact term for each legendary creature varies somewhat from source to source, though these four are now the most usual. Paracelsus used the names of mythological creatures from earlier traditions; their names are often used interchangeably with similar beings from folklore. The sylph, however, is rarely encountered outside of alchemical contexts and fan media.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elemental in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elemental in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of elemental in a Sentence

  1. Steve Bannon:

    It’s a Cromwell moment! It’s even more powerful than populism. It’s deeper. It’s primal. It’s elemental. The long black dresses and all that—this is the Puritans! It’s anti-patriarchy.

  2. Phyllis McGinley:

    Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.

  3. Woodward Fischer:

    This discovery from Jared Leadbetter and Hang fills a major intellectual gap in our understanding of Earth's elemental cycles, and adds to the diverse ways in which manganese, an abstruse but common transition metal, has shaped the evolution of life on our planet.

  4. James Gray:

    The simplicity and the beauty of myth( is it) has such a hold on us ; such power, and there's a reason it does. It's elemental and direct.

  5. Andrew Schneider:

    Life here is so elemental. So real. Without the interference of civilization you can really experience things like,...silence. Silence and darkness in its purity. Right now, right outside my window all I can see is a black void. Endless darkness. It's totally exhilarating, and I feel very lucky to be here. Very, very lucky.

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. unsealed
    • B. proprietary
    • C. extroversive
    • D. eloquent

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