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component

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noun com·po·nent \kəm-ˈpō-nənt, ˈkäm-ˌ, käm-ˈ\

Simple Definition of component

  • : one of the parts of something (such as a system or mixture) : an important piece of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of component

  1. 1 :  a constituent part :  ingredient <an important component of the program> <stereo components>

  2. 2 a :  any one of the vector terms added to form a vector sum or resultant b :  a coordinate of a vector; also :  either member of an ordered pair of numbers

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play \ˌkäm-pə-ˈnen(t)-shəl\ adjective

Examples of component in a sentence

  1. the components of an electric circuit

  2. He sells spare computer components.

  3. The interview is a key component in the hiring process.

  4. Hard work has been a major component of his success.



Origin and Etymology of component

Latin component-, componens, present participle of componere to put together — more at compound


First Known Use: 1645

Synonym Discussion of component

element, component, constituent, ingredient mean one of the parts of a compound or complex whole. element applies to any such part and often connotes irreducible simplicity <the basic elements of geometry>. component and constituent may designate any of the substances (whether elements or compounds) or the qualities that enter into the makeup of a complex product; component stresses its separate entity or distinguishable character <the components of a stereo system>. constituent stresses its essential and formative character <the constituents of a chemical compound>. ingredient applies to any of the substances which when combined form a particular mixture <the ingredients of a cocktail>.

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component

adjective com·po·nent

Simple Definition of component

  • : helping to make up the whole of something (such as a system or a mixture) : forming or being a part of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of component

  1. :  serving or helping to constitute :  constituent <component parts>

Examples of component in a sentence

  1. the component parts of a machine



1664

First Known Use of component

1664

Rhymes with component


COMPONENT Defined for Kids

component

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noun com·po·nent \kəm-ˈpō-nənt\

Definition of component for Students

  1. :  one of the parts or units of a combination, mixture, or system




Medical Dictionary

component

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noun com·po·nent \kəm-ˈpō-nənt, ˈkäm-ˌ, käm-ˈ\

Medical Definition of component

  1. :  a constituent part <the exocrine and endocrine components of the pancreas>





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