Elementary El`e*men"ta*ry, a. [L. elementarius: cf. F. ['e]l['e]mentaire.] 1. Having only one principle or constituent part; consisting of a single element; simple; uncompounded; as, an elementary substance. [1913 Webster]

2. Pertaining to, or treating of, the elements, rudiments, or first principles of anything; initial; rudimental; introductory; as, an elementary treatise. [1913 Webster]

3. Pertaining to one of the four elements, air, water, earth, fire. ``Some luminous and fiery impressions in the elementary region.'' --J. Spencer. [1913 Webster]

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