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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"


  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.]



    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. Clifford Villanueva Villalon:

    An elementary pupil was asked by the teacher what to give her mother on Mothers' Day. She said, My name... because my mother never saw or knew me after giving birth to me.

  2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

    Elementary My dear Watson

  3. Marysville Police Department:

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

  4. Heather Dicks:

    Both elementary camp, and middle and high school camp, they’ve been asking us immediately as we’re done, ‘When are we doing this again?’ It’s been fantastic.

  5. Denise Quickel:

    Known as Windsor's Songbird, Demetria Bannister used her musical talents to bring a great deal of joy to Windsor Elementary School.

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