Definition of element
- battling the elements
- at school she was in her element
- an infinitesimal element of volume
- the criminal element in the city
Water is composed of the elements hydrogen and oxygen.
a free press is an essential element of a democracy
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First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
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
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