ru·di·ment /ˈrudəmənt/ 名詞
1. That which is unformed or undeveloped; the principle which lies at the bottom of any development; an unfinished beginning.
but I will bring thee where thou soon shalt quit
Those rudiments, and see before thine eyes
The monarchies of the earth. --Milton.
the single leaf is the rudiment of beauty in landscape. --I. Taylor.
2. Hence, an element or first principle of any art or science; a beginning of any knowledge; a first step.
This boy is forest-born,
And hath been tutored in the rudiments
of many desperate studies. --Shak.
There he shall first lay down the rudiments
Of his great warfare. --Milton.
3. Biol. An imperfect organ or part, or one which is never developed.
Ru·di·ment, v. t. To furnish with first principles or rules; to insrtuct in the rudiments.
n 1: the elementary stages of any subject (usually plural); "he
mastered only the rudiments of geometry" [syn: first
rudiment, first principle, alphabet, ABC, ABC's,
2: the remains of a body part that was functional at an earlier
stage of life; "Meckel's diverticulum is the rudiment of
the embryonic yolk sac"