What does elementary mean?

Definitions for elementary
ˌɛl əˈmɛn tə ri, -triel·e·men·ta·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elementary, simple, uncomplicated, unproblematicadjective

    easy and not involved or complicated

    "an elementary problem in statistics"; "elementary, my dear Watson"; "a simple game"; "found an uncomplicated solution to the problem"

  2. elementaryadjective

    of or pertaining to or characteristic of elementary school or elementary education

    "the elementary grades"; "elementary teachers"

  3. elementary, elemental, primaryadjective

    of or being the essential or basic part

    "an elementary need for love and nurturing"


  1. elementaryadjective

    Relating to the basic, essential or fundamental part of something.

  2. elementaryadjective

    Relating to an elementary school.

  3. elementaryadjective

    Relating to a subatomic particle.

  4. elementaryadjective

    Sublunary; not celestial; belonging to the sublunary sphere, to which the four classical elements (earth, air, fire and water) were confined; composed of or pertaining to these four elements.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Elementaryadjective

    Uncompounded; having only one principle or constituent part.

    Etymology: from elementary.

    All rain water contains in it a copious sediment of terrestrial matter, and is not a simple elementary water. John Ray, on the Creat.

    The elementary salts of animals are not the same as they appear by distillation. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elementaryadjective

    having only one principle or constituent part; consisting of a single element; simple; uncompounded; as, an elementary substance

  2. Elementaryadjective

    pertaining to, or treating of, the elements, rudiments, or first principles of anything; initial; rudimental; introductory; as, an elementary treatise

  3. Elementaryadjective

    pertaining to one of the four elements, air, water, earth, fire

  4. Etymology: [L. elementarius: cf. F. lmentaire.]



    In computational complexity theory, the complexity class ELEMENTARY of elementary recursive functions is the union of the classes in the exponential hierarchy. The name was coined by László Kalmár, in the context of recursive functions and undecidability; most problems in it are far from elementary. Some natural recursive problems lie outside ELEMENTARY, and are thus NONELEMENTARY. Most notably, there are primitive recursive problems which are not in ELEMENTARY. We know Whereas ELEMENTARY contains bounded applications of exponentiation, PR allows more general hyper operators which are not contained in ELEMENTARY.

Editors Contribution

  1. elementary

    A fundamental element.

    Elementary, primary, rudimentary refer to what is basic and fundamental.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 25, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elementary in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elementary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of elementary in a Sentence

  1. Bettina Love:

    I’ve been teaching now for 19 years and I’ve been doing this work of completely disrupting systems in elementary schools and school systems for this 19 years.

  2. Fox News:

    I would’ve never guessed I would’ve been a teacher, i started out my first degree program, computer science, wanted to work in computers, worked at Wells Fargo for eight years. In that time, during my service in the National Guard, I was put on the border mission in 2006. That’s when I started working a lot with the students at an elementary school and it just kind of touched me. It made me realize that here I am serving the country but there’s other ways that I can serve the country, as well, and serve the community.

  3. Marysville Police Department:

    They came back to the party shortly after midnight bragging that they had shot up Pinewood Elementary School.

  4. Greg Abbott.Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin:

    The true spirit of our nation is Americans lifting up one another in times of need and hardship, we are truly grateful for the generosity of Texans and Americans like Bo Jackson, who have stepped up to help in the aftermath of the shooting at Robb Elementary School. When we asked people to support the Uvalde community in the days after, Bo Jackson did not hesitate in reaching out to my office to offer Bo Jackson help to the grieving families.

  5. John Burkey:

    I think we're still in the infancy of this, it's still such a new thing, and we're all excited about it. My own kids are still in elementary and middle school, so they have not done blended learning yet, but they definitely will when they get to high school.

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