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Definition of "elemental" []

  • Of, relating to, or being an element. (adjective)
  • Fundamental or essential; basic. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to fundamentals; elementary. (adjective)
  • Constituting an integral part; inborn. (adjective)
  • Of such character as to resemble a force of nature in power or effect: elemental violence. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "elemental" in a sentence
  • "But Alan Iverson is basketball in elemental form, a guy of tiny stature who just has more game than you can imagine."
  • "The most harmful, pure form of chlorine, what is called elemental chlorine, is no longer used to bleach paper in the U.S. Recycled paper is sometimes slightly rougher than paper made of virgin fibers from trees because it is made of shorter fibers or comes from different sources, not because of the bleaching process."
  • "Some would argue that's the reason we lack a certain elemental charisma."