El`e*men"ta*ry (?), a. [L. elementarius: cf. F. 'el'ementaire.]


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


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


Pertaining to one of the four elements, air, water, earth, fire.

"Some luminous and fiery impressions in the elementary region."

J. Spencer.


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