Definition of rudiments noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    rudiments

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    noun
    NAmE//ˈrudəmənts//
     
    [plural]the rudiments (of something)(formal)
     
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  1. 1the most basic or essential facts of a particular subject, skill, etc. synonym basics
  2. 2 You'll only have time to learn the rudiments of windsurfing in a week.
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