Definition of Elementally:
Whatever may be the mental processes by which he arrives at the starting- point of any specific line of research, the final results almost invariably prove that he does not plunge in at random; indeed, as an old associate remarked: " When Edison takes up any proposition in natural science, his perceptions seem to be elementally broad and analytical, that is to say, in addition to the knowledge he has acquired from books and observation, he appears to have an intuitive apprehension of the general order of things, as they might be supposed to exist in natural relation to each other.- "Edison, His Life and Inventions", Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin.
As an alternative view, we may assume, as in our first hypothesis, that some elementally different but genetically connected substance, decaying along branching lines of descent at a rate sufficient to practically remove the whole of it during geological time, formerly existed.- "The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays", J. (John) Joly.
- "The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush", Francis Lynde.