Definition of rudiment in US English:

rudiment

noun

  • 1the rudiments ofThe first principles of (a subject)

    ‘she taught the girls the rudiments of reading and writing’
    • ‘It neglects the fact that although the rudiments of a task can be picked up quite soon, skills take time to develop, and the process is inhibited by too many job changes, compulsory task rotations, or rapid staff turnover.’
    • ‘Drivers of such vehicles too have to be taught the rudiments of traffic discipline.’
    • ‘If you don't understand the rudiments of grammar you won't be able to deal with Shakespeare.’
    • ‘In the biographers' accounts, the cardinal is cast as something of a second father figure, teaching the young Bernini the rudiments of literature even as his actual father taught him how to hold a drill.’
    • ‘They will be taught the rudiments of life saving so that in the event of an emergency they can help sustain life until paramedics arrive.’
    • ‘They might just about have grasped the rudiments of e-mail, but they haven't a clue about the new media.’
    • ‘When the Laune Pipers' Band was founded in 1944 in Killorglin, it was decided to engage Peter to train the local boys in the rudiments of pipe playing.’
    • ‘There is no one better to teach the rudiments of the game than Matt.’
    • ‘It is hard to say what, beyond the rudiments of painting, Dou derived from his time with Rembrandt.’
    • ‘I left with a fair understanding of the rudiments of dressmaking.’
    • ‘There is a regrettable paucity of training in the rudiments of security protocols or practices at the library.’
    • ‘In the past road safety initiatives focused on children's lack of experience and competence in dealing with traffic, and aspired to teach children the rudiments of dealing with a busy road.’
    • ‘Teaching pupils the rudiments of double-blind tests, clinical trial methods and general principles of factoring studies for other influences would clear these scientific confusions.’
    • ‘The workshop will expose students to the rudiments of handling backstage activities such as sound and lighting effects.’
    • ‘They are thus taught the rudiments of yoga, relaxation techniques and certain yoga exercises that can help improve memory and concentration.’
    • ‘They were also taught the rudiments of direction.’
    • ‘He taught them the rudiments of carpentry and construction as they put up a unit for poultry production.’
    • ‘One of the directors had someone teach Jayaraja the rudiments of camera work.’
    • ‘In every village, in every nook and cranny, youths were taught the rudiments of the game by elders as a matter of course.’
    • ‘‘Working with them helped me to know the rudiments of film-making,’ he says.’
    basic principles, basics, fundamentals, elements, essentials, first principles
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    1. 1.1 An elementary or primitive form of something.
      ‘the rudiments of a hot-water system’
      • ‘Using the indigenously available material, they have put together the rudiments of a ‘glider aircraft’, similar in function and style to the imported gliders used only by defence pilots in India.’
      • ‘Based on careful observations, Darwin contended that many animals possess general concepts, some reasoning ability, rudiments of moral sentiments, and complex emotions.’
      • ‘The inorganic sediments were covered with poorly decomposed fibric peat accumulations that contained well-preserved rudiments of earlier communities.’
      • ‘Singers and storytellers, the entertainers of those times, included dance in their performances, and created the rudiments of modern theatre, where dialogue takes precedence.’
      • ‘Using just the rudiments of clothing, namely a scrap of fabric and a bit of thread, Berriolo conjured not the costume that covers the figure, but the figure itself, with playfulness and whimsy, but also with a sense of quest and discovery.’
      basic principles, basics, fundamentals, elements, essentials, first principles
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  • 2Biology
    An undeveloped or immature part or organ, especially a structure in an embryo or larva which will develop into an organ, limb, etc.

    ‘the fetal lung rudiment’
    • ‘All fetuses from whom the testis rudiment had been removed developed as though they were female, as also did those from whom the developing ovary was removed.’
    • ‘Ichthyostega had seven digits in the feet and still retained some gill arch rudiments and fin rays in the tail.’
    • ‘This initial pattern changes in larvae of the six and eight arms, when the juvenile rudiment is present.’
    • ‘A small posterior element in this limb may be a rudiment of the fifth metacarpal.’
    • ‘It has rudiments of the limb girdles, but no fins.’
    rudimentary version, germ, nucleus, seed, root, source
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  • 3Music
    A basic pattern used by drummers, such as the roll, the flam, and the paradiddle.

    • ‘Jack knew enough about percussion to realise that the girl was methodically going through a set of rudiments.’
    • ‘He flows like a slap bassist, performing exhausting rudiments in too-tight spaces with little grace and even less rhythm.’
    • ‘Instruction in piano, voice, organ, string, brass, wind and percussion are available for beginners and masters, as well as classes in rudiments, composition and other theoretical subjects.’
    • ‘I was learning the rudiments - the drum rolls, the double bounces, the single bounces.’
    • ‘A team of 17 individuals assists the band with marching rudiments, choreography and in developing tight musical and visual components.’
    necessary condition, precondition, condition, essential, requirement, requisite, necessity, proviso, qualification, imperative, basic, obligation, duty
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from French, or from Latin rudimentum, from rudis ‘unwrought’, on the pattern of elementum ‘element’.

Pronunciation

rudiment

/ˈrudəmənt//ˈro͞odəmənt/