Rudiment Ru"di*ment, n. [L. rudimentum, fr. rudis unwrought, ignorant, rude: cf. F. rudiment. See {Rude}.] 1. That which is unformed or undeveloped; the principle which lies at the bottom of any development; an unfinished beginning. [1913 Webster]

but I will bring thee where thou soon shalt quit Those rudiments, and see before thine eyes The monarchies of the earth. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

the single leaf is the rudiment of beauty in landscape. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, an element or first principle of any art or science; a beginning of any knowledge; a first step. [1913 Webster]

This boy is forest-born, And hath been tutored in the rudiments of many desperate studies. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

There he shall first lay down the rudiments Of his great warfare. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. (Biol.) An imperfect organ or part, or one which is never developed. [1913 Webster]

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