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Definitions for elemental
ˌɛl əˈmɛn tlel·e·men·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elementaladjective

    relating to or being an element

    "elemental sulphur"

  2. elementaladjective

    relating to severe atmospheric conditions

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

  3. elementary, elemental, primaryadjective

    of or being the essential or basic part

    "an elementary need for love and nurturing"


  1. elementalnoun

    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. elementaladjective

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

  3. elementaladjective

    basic, fundamental or elementary

  4. elementaladjective

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

  5. elementaladjective

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Elementaladjective

    Etymology: from element.

    If dusky spots are vary’d on his brow,
    And streak’d with red, a troubl’d colour show;
    That sullen mixture shall at once declare
    Winds, rain and storms, and elemental war. John Dryden, Virg.

    Soft yielding minds to water glide away,
    And sip, with nymphs, their elemental tea. Alexander Pope.

    Leeches are by some accounted poison not properly, that is, by temperamental contrariety, occult form, or so much as elemental repugnancy; but inwardly taken, they fasten upon the veins, and occasion an effusion of blood. Thomas Browne, Vu. Err.


  1. Elemental

    An elemental is a mythic being that is described in occult and alchemical works from around the time of the European Renaissance, and particularly elaborated in the 16th century works of Paracelsus. According to Paracelsus and his subsequent followers, there are four categories of elementals, which are gnomes, undines, sylphs, and salamanders. These correspond to the four Empedoclean elements of antiquity: earth, water, air, and fire, respectively. Terms employed for beings associated with alchemical elements vary by source and gloss.


  1. elemental

    Elemental refers to something basic, primary, or essential in nature. It can also refer to a class of substances or beings in mythology or fiction that consist of or represent the elements, such as earth, water, air, and fire. In terms of science, elemental pertains to a substance made up of only one kind of atom.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elementaladjective

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

  2. Elementaladjective

    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. Emil Cioran:

    Only one endowed with restless vitality is susceptible to pessimism. You become a pessimist --a demonic, elemental, bestial pessimist --only when life has been defeated many times in its fight against depression.

  2. Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus:

    Thoughts give birth to a creative force that is neither elemental nor sidereal. Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy, from which new arts flow. When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven, as it were and from it the work that he desires to create flows into him. For such is the immensity of man that he is greater than heaven and earth.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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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