|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|
: "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|
|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"
|5.||[ noun ] the situation in which you are happiest and most effective|
"in your element"
|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|