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1 an abstract part of something; "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"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a speech" [syn: component, constituent, factor, ingredient]
2 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 [syn: chemical element]
3 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; "spare components for cars"; "a component or constituent element of a system" [syn: component, constituent]
4 one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe; "the alchemists believed that there were four elements"
5 the most favorable environment for a plant or animal; "water is the element of fishes"
6 the situation in which you are happiest and most effective; "in your element"
7 a straight line that generates a cylinder or cone

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈel.ɪ.mənt/, /"El.I.m@nt/


  1. Any one of the simplest chemical substances that cannot be decomposed in a chemical reaction or by any chemical means and made up of atoms all having the same number of protons.
  2. One of the four basic building blocks of matter in theories of ancient philosophers and alchemists: water, earth, fire, and air.
  3. Something small.
    an element of doubt
  4. A place or state of being that an individual or object is better suited towards.
    be in one's own element
  5. A required aspect or component of a cause of action. A deed is regarded a violation of law only if each element can be proved.
  6. One of the objects in a set.
  7. A group of people within a larger group having a particular common characteristic.
    You sometimes find the hooligan element at football matches.
  8. A short form of heating element, a component in electrical equipment, often in the form of a coil, having a high resistance, thereby generating heat when a current is passed through it.
    The element in this electric kettle can heat the water in under a minute.



in chemistry
in alchemy
something small, as in "an element of doubt"
place or state of being that an individual or object is better suited towards
in law
in set theory
group of people with a common characteristic
electrical component
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Extensive Definition

The name element may refer to:
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In grammar:
  • Element (grammar), any word, part of a word, or group of words that recurs in various contexts in a language with relatively constant meaning.
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Element may also refer to:
element in Catalan: Element
element in Welsh: Elfen
element in German: Element
element in Estonian: Element
element in Spanish: Elemento
element in Esperanto: Elemento
element in Basque: Elementu
element in French: Élément
element in Friulian: Element
element in Irish: Dúil
element in Galician: Elemento
element in Korean: 원소
element in Ido: Elemento
element in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Elemento (disambiguation)
element in Italian: Elemento
element in Hebrew: יסודות
element in Latin: Elementum (discretiva)
element in Latvian: Elements
element in Lithuanian: Elementas
element in Malay (macrolanguage): Unsur
element in Dutch: Element
element in Japanese: エレメント
element in Polish: Pierwiastek
element in Portuguese: Elementos
element in Romanian: Element
element in Simple English: Element
element in Finnish: Elementti
element in Swedish: Element
element in Tagalog: Elemento
element in Vietnamese: Nguyên tố
element in Ukrainian: Елемент
element in Chinese: 元素 (消歧義)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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