# element

## noun

el·e·ment
ˈe-lə-mənt

1

a

**:**any of the four substances air, water, fire, and earth formerly believed to compose the physical universe

b

elements plural

**:**weather conditions
especially

**:**violent or severe weatherbattling the elements

c

**:**the state or sphere natural or suited to a person or thing

at school she was in her element

2

**:**a constituent part: such as

a

b(1)

**:**a part of a geometric magnitude

an infinitesimal element of volume

(2)

**:**a generator of a geometric figure

also

**:**a line or line segment contained in the surface of a cone or cylinder
(3)

**:**a basic member of a mathematical or logical class or set

(4)

**:**one of the individual entries in a mathematical matrix or determinant

c

**:**a distinct group within a larger group or community

the criminal element in the city

d(1)

**:**one of the necessary data or values on which calculations or conclusions are based

(2)

**:**one of the factors determining the outcome of a process

e

**:**any of the fundamental substances that consist of atoms of only one kind and that singly or in combination constitute all matter

f

**:**a distinct part of a composite device

g

**:**a subdivision of a military unit

3

elements plural

**:**the bread and wine used in the EucharistLove words? Need even more definitions?

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Merriam-Webster unabridged
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