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element

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of element

  1. 1 one of the parts that make up a whole a free press is an essential element of a democracy Synonyms of element building block, component, constituent, factor, ingredient, member Words Related to element basis, part and parcel; detail, item, particular, point; aspect, characteristic, facet, feature, trait; division, fragment, particle, partition, piece, portion, section, sector, segment; subcomponent Near Antonyms of element aggregate, composite, compound, mass; entirety, sum, summation, total, totality; admixture, amalgam, amalgamation, blend, combination, intermixture, mix, mixture Antonyms of element whole

  2. 2 elements pl  general or basic truths on which other truths or theories can be based the elements of mathematics can be traced back to Euclid Synonyms of element ABC(s), alphabet, basics, elements, essentials, fundamentals, grammar, rudimentsWords Related to element basis, bedrock, cornerstone, foundation, groundwork, keystone, underpinning; nitty-gritty; belief, canon, doctrine, dogma, faith, philosophy; axiom, law, precept, tenet; rule, standard; theoremNear Antonyms of element details, trivia

  3. 3 a region of activity, knowledge, or influence she felt a bit out of her element in the mathematics section of the exam Synonyms of element area, arena, bailiwick, barony, business, circle, demesne, department, discipline, domain, field, fief, fiefdom, firmament, front, game, kingdom, line, precinct, province, realm, specialty, sphere, terrain, walkWords Related to element frontier; study, subject; territory, turf; occupation, profession, pursuit, racket, vocation; ambit, amplitude, breadth, compass, confine, dimension(s), extent, ken, reach, scope, sweep, width; subfield, subspecialty

Synonym Discussion of element

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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