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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•po•nent*kəmˈpoʊ nənt, kɒm-(n.)

  1. a constituent part; element; ingredient.

  2. a part of a mechanical or electrical system:

    hi-fi components.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism, Hi-Fi and Audio

  3. the projection of a vector quantity, as force or velocity, along an axis; a coordinate of a vector.

    Category: Physics

  4. one of the set of the minimum number of chemical constituents by which every phase of a given system can be described.

    Category: Chemistry

  5. Math. a connected subset of a set, not contained in any other connected subset of the set.

    Category: Math

  6. (adj.)being or serving as an element in something larger; constituent:

    component parts.

* Syn: See element.

Origin of component:

1555–65; < L compōnent-, s. of compōnēns, prp. of compōnere to put together =com-com - +pōnere to put

com•po•nen•tialˌkɒm pəˈnɛn ʃəl(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient(noun)

    an abstract part of something

    "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a speech"

  2. part, portion, component part, component, constituent(noun)

    something determined in relation to something that includes it

    "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller component is hard to reach"; "the animal constituent of plankton"

  3. component, constituent, element(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

    "spare components for cars"; "a component or constituent element of a system"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. component(noun)əmˈpoʊ nənt, kɒm-

    one part of a system or substance

    a key component of the marketing strategy; software components


  1. component(Noun)

    A smaller, self-contained part of a larger entity. Often refers to a manufactured object that is part of a larger device.

    A CPU is a component of a computer.

  2. component(Adjective)

    Making up a larger whole; as a component word.

  3. component(Adjective)

    Made up of smaller complete units in combination; as a component stereo.

  4. Origin: From componens, present participle of compono.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Component(verb)

    serving, or helping, to form; composing; constituting; constituent

  2. Component(noun)

    a constituent part; an ingredient


  1. Component

    In thermodynamics, a component is a chemically-independent constituent of a system. The number of components represents the minimum number of independent species necessary to define the composition of all phases of the system. Calculating the number of components in a system is necessary, for example, when applying Gibbs' phase rule in determination of the number of degrees of freedom of a system. The number of components is equal to the number of distinct chemical species, minus the number of chemical reactions between them, minus the number of any constraints.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Component

    A force may always be represented diagrammatically by a straight line, terminating in an arrow-head to indicate the direction, and of length to represent the intensity of the force. The line may always be assumed to represent the diagonal of a parallelogram, two of whose sides are represented by lines starting from the base of the arrow, and of length fixed by the condition that the original force shall be the diagonal of the parallelogram of which they are two contiguous sides; such lines are called components, and actually represent forces into which the original force may always be resolved. The components can have any direction. Thus the vertical component of a horizontal force is zero; its horizontal component is equal to itself. Its 450 component is equal to the square root of one-half of its square.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. component

    1. One of the subordinate organizations that constitute a joint force. Normally a joint force is organized with a combination of Service and functional components. 2. In logistics, a part or combination of parts having a specific function, which can be installed or replaced only as an entity. Also called COMP. See also functional component command; Service component command.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Component' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3650

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Component' in Nouns Frequency: #807

Translations for Component

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a part of a machine (eg a car), instrument (eg a radio) etc

He bought components for the television set he was repairing.

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