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.
but I will bring thee where thou soon shalt quit Milton.
Those rudiments, and see before thine eyes
The monarchies of the earth.
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, Shak.
And hath been tutored in the rudiments
of many desperate studies.
There he shall first lay down the rudiments Milton.
Of his great warfare.
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.