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element

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1 one of the parts that make up a whole
  • a free press is an essential element of a democracy

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2 elements plural general or basic truths on which other truths or theories can be based
  • the elements of mathematics can be traced back to Euclid

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3 a region of activity, knowledge, or influence
  • she felt a bit out of her element in the mathematics section of the exam

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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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The first known use of element was in the 13th century

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“Element.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/element. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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