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component

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

Definition of component

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

componential

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.

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Origin and Etymology of component

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

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

Definition of component

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 1composite 4

Examples of component in a Sentence

  1. the component parts of a machine

Origin and Etymology of component


COMPONENT Defined for English Language Learners

component

noun

Definition of component for English Language Learners

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


component

adjective

Definition of component for English Language Learners

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


COMPONENT Defined for Kids

component

noun com·po·nent \ kəm-ˈpō-nənt \

Definition of component for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

component

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

medical Definition of component

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


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