Definition of Element

1. Noun. An abstract part of something. "Humor: an effective ingredient of a speech"

Exact synonyms: Component, Constituent, Factor, Ingredient
Specialized synonyms: Be All And End All, Be-all And End-all, Plot Element, Point
Generic synonyms: Division, Part, Section
Derivative terms: Compose, Factorize

2. Noun. An artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system. "A component or constituent element of a system"

3. Noun. Any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter.
Exact synonyms: Chemical Element
Generic synonyms: Substance
Terms within: Atom
Specialized synonyms: Allotrope, Transuranic Element, Argonon, Inert Gas, Noble Gas, Metal, Metallic Element, Nonmetal, Transactinide, Ac, Actinium, Atomic Number 89, Ar, Argon, Atomic Number 18, Arsenic, As, Atomic Number 33, Astatine, At, Atomic Number 85, Atomic Number 107, Bh, Bohrium, Element 107, Atomic Number 5, B, Boron, Atomic Number 35, Br, Bromine, Atomic Number 6, C, Carbon, Atomic Number 17, Chlorine, Cl, Atomic Number 110, Darmstadtium, Ds, Element 110, Atomic Number 105, Db, Dubnium, Element 105, Hahnium, Atomic Number 9, F, Fluorine, Atomic Number 32, Ge, Germanium, Atomic Number 108, Element 108, Hassium, Hs, Atomic Number 2, He, Helium, Atomic Number 1, H, Hydrogen, Atomic Number 53, I, Iodin, Iodine, Atomic Number 36, Kr, Krypton, Atomic Number 103, Lawrencium, Lr, Atomic Number 109, Element 109, Meitnerium, Mt, Atomic Number 101, Md, Mendelevium, Mv, Atomic Number 10, Ne, Neon, Atomic Number 7, N, Nitrogen, Atomic Number 102, No, Nobelium, Atomic Number 8, O, Oxygen, Atomic Number 15, P, Phosphorus, Atomic Number 94, Plutonium, Pu, Atomic Number 86, Radon, Rn, Atomic Number 111, Element 111, Rg, Roentgenium, Atomic Number 104, Element 104, Rf, Rutherfordium, Unnilquadium, Unq, Atomic Number 106, Element 106, Seaborgium, Sg, Atomic Number 34, Se, Selenium, Atomic Number 14, Si, Silicon, Atomic Number 16, S, Sulfur, Sulphur, Atomic Number 52, Te, Tellurium, Atomic Number 112, Element 112, Ununbium, Uub, Atomic Number 116, Element 116, Ununhexium, Uuh, Atomic Number 115, Element 115, Ununpentium, Uup, Atomic Number 114, Element 114, Ununquadium, Uuq, Atomic Number 113, Element 113, Ununtrium, Uut, Atomic Number 54, Xe, Xenon, Trace Element

4. Noun. The most favorable environment for a plant or animal. "Water is the element of fishes"

5. Noun. One of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe. "The alchemists believed that there were four elements"
Generic synonyms: Substance
Specialized synonyms: Air, Fire, Earth, Ether, Quintessence, Water

6. Noun. The situation in which you are happiest and most effective. "In your element"
Generic synonyms: Situation, State Of Affairs

7. Noun. A straight line that generates a cylinder or cone.
Generic synonyms: Straight Line
Specialized synonyms: Element Of A Cone, Element Of A Cylinder

Definition of Element

1. n. One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.

2. v. t. To compound of elements or first principles.

Definition of Element

1. Noun. One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based. ¹

2. Noun. (chemistry) Any one of the simplest chemical substances that cannot be decomposed in a chemical reaction or by any chemical means and made up of atoms all having the same number of protons. ¹

3. Noun. One of the four basic building blocks of matter in theories of ancient philosophers and alchemists: water, earth, fire, and air ¹

4. Noun. Something small. ¹

5. Noun. (pluralonly) Atmospheric forces such as strong winds and rains. ¹

6. Noun. A place or state of being that an individual or object is better suited towards. ¹

7. Noun. (legal) A required aspect or component of a cause of action. A deed is regarded a violation of law only if each element can be proved. ¹

8. Noun. (set theory) One of the objects in a set. ¹

9. Noun. A group of people within a larger group having a particular common characteristic. ¹

10. Noun. A short form of heating element, a component in electrical equipment, often in the form of a coil, having a high resistance, thereby generating heat when a current is passed through it. ¹

11. Noun. (computing) One of the conceptual objects in a markup language, usually represented in text by a matching pair of tags. ¹

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Definition of Element

1. a substance that cannot be separated into simpler substances by chemical means [n -S]

Medical Definition of Element

1. One of the 103 known chemical substances that cannot be divided into simpler substances by chemical means. A substance whose atoms all have the same atomic number. Examples: hydrogen, lead, uranium.(See atom, matter, nuclide.) (16 Dec 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Element

element (current term)
element 104
element 105
element 106
element 107
element of a cone
element of a cylinder

Literary usage of Element

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1911)
"BOOK REVIEWS between the time when the common element was first noticed, and its final ... The most economic method of memorizing the common element, ..."

2. An Introduction to Psychology by Mary Whiton Calkins (1908)
"CHAPTER VIII SENSATIONAL element AND SENSATION WITH the end of our outline study of all reputed sense- elements of consciousness comes a natural opportunity ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1916)
"On passing from one element to the next higher in atomic weight the two ... N is a whole number which increases by unity on passing from one element to the ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Besides being indicated t ill 3 sm; and the third or morning watch till about 6 am Seven consecutive days form the WEEK, or second element of the Jewish ..."

5. The History of the English Language by Oliver Farrar Emerson (1894)
"Taking all these facts into account, the native element, estimated from the dictionary as about twenty-five per cent, would doubtless be increased to a ..."

6. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"CONNEXION OR REPUGNANCY OF IDEAS, A SECOND element IN KNOWLEDGE. Knowledge, according to Locke, is concerned with the Know- ideas, or particular ..."

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