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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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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The first known use of component was in 1645

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10 Jun 2021

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“Component.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/component. Accessed 17 Jun. 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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