1. [ noun ] an abstract part of something
Synonyms: factor component ingredient constituent

: "jealousy was a component of his character" "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony" "the grammatical elements of a sentence" "a key factor in her success" "an effective ingredient of a speech"

Related terms: part point be-all_and_end-all factorize
2. [ noun ] an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system
Synonyms: constituent component

: "spare components for cars" "a component or constituent element of a system"

Related terms: part addition accessory ingredient crystal video spark_gap landside auto_part module audio makings pixel spark_gap spare_part retrofit hardware heating_element form
3. [ noun ] (chemistry) any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter
Synonyms: chemical_element
Related terms: substance oxygen chlorine metallic_element iodine helium argon carbon hydrogen nitrogen germanium halogen rare_earth sulfur phosphorus xenon fluorine selenium silicon rutherfordium tellurium unnilquintium Ac nonmetal actinide trace_element krypton lawrencium arsenic noble_gas transuranic_element neon mendelevium nobelium boron unnilhexium astatine unnilseptium radon plutonium bromine allotrope transactinide atom
4. [ noun ] (geography) the most favorable environment for a plant or animal

"water is the element of fishes"

Related terms: environment
5. [ noun ] the situation in which you are happiest and most effective

"in your element"

Related terms: situation
6. [ noun ] one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe

"the alchemists believed that there were four elements"

Related terms: substance water fire air quintessence earth
7. [ noun ] (mathematics,geometry) a straight line that generates a cylinder or cone
Related terms: straight_line element_of_a_cylinder element_of_a_cone
Similar spelling:   elements