element

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el·e·ment

noun \ˈe-lə-mənt\

chemistry : one of the basic substances that are made of atoms of only one kind and that cannot be separated by ordinary chemical means into simpler substances

: a particular part of something (such as a situation or activity)

: a part of an electrical device that produces heat

Full Definition of ELEMENT

1
a :  any of the four substances air, water, fire, and earth formerly believed to compose the physical universe
b plural :  weather conditions; especially :  violent or severe weather <battling the elements>
c :  the state or sphere natural or suited to a person or thing <at school she was in her element>
2
:  a constituent part: as
a plural :  the simplest principles of a subject of study :  rudiments
b (1) :  a part of a geometric magnitude <an infinitesimal element of volume>
(2) :  a generator of a geometric figure; also :  a line or line segment contained in the surface of a cone or cylinder (3) :  a basic member of a mathematical or logical class or set (4) :  one of the individual entries in a mathematical matrix or determinant
c :  a distinct group within a larger group or community <the criminal element in the city>
d (1) :  one of the necessary data or values on which calculations or conclusions are based
(2) :  one of the factors determining the outcome of a process
e :  any of the fundamental substances that consist of atoms of only one kind and that singly or in combination constitute all matter
f :  a distinct part of a composite device
g :  a subdivision of a military unit
3
plural :  the bread and wine used in the Eucharist
element table

Examples of ELEMENT

  1. Water is composed of the elements hydrogen and oxygen.
  2. <a free press is an essential element of a democracy>

Origin of ELEMENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin elementum
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of ELEMENT

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>.

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

el·e·ment

noun \ˈel-ə-mənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ELEMENT

1
: any of the four substances air, water, fire, and earth formerly believed to compose the physical universe
2
: a constituent part: as a : any of more than 100 fundamental substances that consist of atoms of only one kind and that singly or in combination constitute all matter b : one of the distinct parts (as a lens) of a composite device (as a microscope) c : one of the basic constituent units (as a cell or fiber) of a tissue

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