What does elementary mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. elementary, simple, uncomplicated, unproblematic(adj)

    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. elementary(adj)

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

    "the elementary grades"; "elementary teachers"

  3. elementary, elemental, primary(adj)

    of or being the essential or basic part

    "an elementary need for love and nurturing"

Wiktionary

  1. elementary(Adjective)

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

  2. elementary(Adjective)

    Relating to an elementary school.

  3. elementary(Adjective)

    Relating to a subatomic particle.

  4. elementary(Adjective)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elementary(adj)

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

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

  2. Elementary(adj)

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

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

  3. Elementary(adj)

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

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

Freebase

  1. ELEMENTARY

    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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How to say elementary in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Eric Bettinger of Stanford University:

    The results suggest that even older students in middle or elementary school could use guidance from their parents, for years, we have known that parental presence is extraordinarily important in the very early childhood years. What we’re finding is that parents continue to be important much further along in a child’s life than we had previously thought.

  2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

    Elementary My dear Watson

  3. Daniel Tasman:

    They’ve decided that giving homework to younger ages [elementary school students] isn’t viable. I don’t necessarily agree. I think they should have homework — some of it is about discipline. I want [my daughter] to have fun, but I also want her to be working towards a goal.

  4. Daniel Tasman:

    They didn’t have much to begin with, but now homework is obsolete, they’ve decided that giving homework to younger ages [elementary school students] isn’t viable. I don’t necessarily agree. I think they should have homework — some of it is about discipline. I want [my daughter] to have fun, but I also want her to be working towards a goal.

  5. Lynne Austin:

    Oh they love the title of [first Hooters girl], back in elementary school, they would go, ‘Mom! My teacher knows who you are! My teacher loves Hooters… I would totally let my daughter be a Hooters girl if she didn’t have to drive back home at night alone. But if I could drive her there and back? Absolutely.

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