component

noun
com·​po·​nent | \ kəm-ˈpō-nənt How to pronounce component (audio) , ˈkäm-ˌpō-, käm-ˈpō- \

Definition of component

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a constituent part : ingredient an important component of the program stereo components
2a : 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

component

adjective

Definition of component (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : serving or helping to constitute : constituent component parts
2 of a video signal : split into multiple channels each carrying one particular set of data (such as one channel for black and white and one for color) component input — compare composite entry 1 sense 4

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Other Words from component

Noun

componential \ ˌkäm-​pə-​ˈnen(t)-​shəl How to pronounce component (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for component

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Noun

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

Examples of component in a Sentence

Noun the components of an electric circuit He sells spare computer components. The interview is a key component in the hiring process. Hard work has been a major component of his success. Adjective the component parts of a machine
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bailout is a key component of House Bill 6, which was at the heart of a federal bribery investigation. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Ohio Senate poised to eliminate nuclear bailout at heart of House Bill 6," 3 Mar. 2021 Twenty-one Republican governors and one Democrat are taking aim at a key component of Biden's COVID-19 relief bill. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: That's what he said," 2 Mar. 2021 With the end of the stormy season approaching, forecasters don’t expect much more buildup of snow, a key component of the statewide supply that provides up to a third of California’s water. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "California's wet season nears an end with big concerns about drought," 2 Mar. 2021 Another new study suggests that a change in a single amino acid in a key component of the virus enabled or at least helped the virus become infectious in humans. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Covid-19 Virus Studies Yield New Clues on Pandemic’s Origin," 1 Mar. 2021 And while independent research plays a role in our fight against this disease, bipartisan support for government funding remains a key component. Maria Shriver, Time, "We Need an Operation Warp Speed for Alzheimer's and Dementia," 24 Feb. 2021 Good wins are a key component of a solid NCAA Tournament resume. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs extend winning streak to eight with another rout," 20 Feb. 2021 The Mom Project sees government policy as a key component to retaining and getting women back into the workforce. Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN, "Accenture to hire 150 moms for 'highly coveted roles'," 18 Feb. 2021 Setzler said in a recent committee hearing that the bill recognizes that connection with family and friends can be a key component of patient wellness. Ben Nadler, ajc, "Georgia bill would require nursing homes to allow visitors," 13 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The layout by Oakland design studio Open Daily is clean; even more complicated recipes, like Henry Hsu’s multi-component cornerstone rice cakes, are easy to follow. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Some of 2020's most fun new cookbooks are collaborative community fundraisers," 9 Nov. 2020 By the '70s, motorists could buy component parts to convert older models into unique classics. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Are those fake Lamborghinis and Bugattis sold online just about fun? Or is it fraud?," 21 Oct. 2019 Once Cerar stepped down as prime minister earlier this year and the squabbling of coalition partners disappeared from the headlines, his image as a decent and component prime minister returned. Tim Haughton, Washington Post, "Slovenia voted on Sunday. Is an anti-immigrant government on the way?," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of component

Noun

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for component

Noun and Adjective

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

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Time Traveler for component

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The first known use of component was in 1645

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6 Mar 2021

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“Component.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/component. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for component

component

noun

English Language Learners Definition of component

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

component

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of component (Entry 2 of 2)

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

component

noun
com·​po·​nent | \ kəm-ˈpō-nənt How to pronounce component (audio) \

Kids Definition of component

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

component

noun
com·​po·​nent | \ kəm-ˈpō-nənt, ˈkäm-ˌ, käm-ˈ How to pronounce component (audio) \

Medical Definition of component

: a constituent part the exocrine and endocrine components of the pancreas

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