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 componential (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for component

Synonyms: Noun

building block, constituent, element, factor, ingredient, member

Antonyms: Noun

whole

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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

This is one serious piece of engineering: The designers went back to basics and reimagined nearly every component and mechanism of an umbrella. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "Here's the Last Umbrella You'll Ever Buy," 4 Apr. 2019 Roos is driving through those legs, the strength component here. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Work Out Like a Victoria's Secret Model at the Gym," 11 Feb. 2019 Conroy had heard that NASA was transporting components for future spacecraft from manufacturers on the West Coast to launch sites on the Eastern seacoast. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Super Guppy Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Dec. 2018 The updated x-ray machine, called the MARS Spectral X-ray Scanner, however, is able to reveal detail of bones, soft tissue and other components of the body with incredible clarity. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Check Out These Awesome New 3D, Full-Color X-Rays," 13 July 2018 The mechanical robot arm, the infrastructure and components are made by U.S. manufacturers, and Tompkins developed software that ties it all together. Adelaide Chen, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida companies scramble ahead of Chinese tariffs," 5 July 2018 But tinkering with those and other components of the game can only do so much, and don’t address the bigger issue: MLB’s product is expensive and, in many markets, not worth the money. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Rob Manfred and MLB's Declining Attendance Issue," 15 June 2018 The breakout series won’t be all roll-up-your-sleeves renovations—viewers can also expect a more candid component, too. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "What to Know About Christina El Moussa's New Show 'Christina on the Coast'," 24 Mar. 2019 Contraceptive care is not an insignificant or minor component to women’s health care. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here's What a 'Domestic Gag Rule' on Abortion Would Actually Mean for All of Us," 22 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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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The first known use of component was in 1645

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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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