What does element mean?

Definitions for element
ˈɛl ə məntel·e·ment

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word element.

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. 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"

  3. chemical element, element(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

  4. element(noun)

    the most favorable environment for a plant or animal

    "water is the element of fishes"

  5. element(noun)

    one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe

    "the alchemists believed that there were four elements"

  6. element(noun)

    the situation in which you are happiest and most effective

    "in your element"

  7. element(noun)

    a straight line that generates a cylinder or cone

Wiktionary

  1. element(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.

    Etymology: From element, from element, from elementum; origin uncertain. Perhaps ultimately from lmn, first three letters of the second half of the Canaanite alphabet, recited by ancient scribes when learning it

  2. element(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From element, from element, from elementum; origin uncertain. Perhaps ultimately from lmn, first three letters of the second half of the Canaanite alphabet, recited by ancient scribes when learning it

  3. element(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From element, from element, from elementum; origin uncertain. Perhaps ultimately from lmn, first three letters of the second half of the Canaanite alphabet, recited by ancient scribes when learning it

  4. element(Noun)

    Something small.

    an element of doubt

    Etymology: From element, from element, from elementum; origin uncertain. Perhaps ultimately from lmn, first three letters of the second half of the Canaanite alphabet, recited by ancient scribes when learning it

  5. element(Noun)

    Atmospheric forces such as strong winds and rains.

    Etymology: From element, from element, from elementum; origin uncertain. Perhaps ultimately from lmn, first three letters of the second half of the Canaanite alphabet, recited by ancient scribes when learning it

  6. element(Noun)

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

    be in one's own element

    Etymology: From element, from element, from elementum; origin uncertain. Perhaps ultimately from lmn, first three letters of the second half of the Canaanite alphabet, recited by ancient scribes when learning it

  7. element(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From element, from element, from elementum; origin uncertain. Perhaps ultimately from lmn, first three letters of the second half of the Canaanite alphabet, recited by ancient scribes when learning it

  8. element(Noun)

    One of the objects in a set.

    Etymology: From element, from element, from elementum; origin uncertain. Perhaps ultimately from lmn, first three letters of the second half of the Canaanite alphabet, recited by ancient scribes when learning it

  9. element(Noun)

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

    You sometimes find the hooligan element at football matches.

    Etymology: From element, from element, from elementum; origin uncertain. Perhaps ultimately from lmn, first three letters of the second half of the Canaanite alphabet, recited by ancient scribes when learning it

  10. element(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.

    The element in this electric kettle can heat the water in under a minute.

    Etymology: From element, from element, from elementum; origin uncertain. Perhaps ultimately from lmn, first three letters of the second half of the Canaanite alphabet, recited by ancient scribes when learning it

  11. element(Noun)

    One of the conceptual objects in a markup language, usually represented in text by a matching pair of tags.

    Etymology: From element, from element, from elementum; origin uncertain. Perhaps ultimately from lmn, first three letters of the second half of the Canaanite alphabet, recited by ancient scribes when learning it

Webster Dictionary

  1. Element(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

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  2. Element(noun)

    one of the ultimate, undecomposable constituents of any kind of matter. Specifically: (Chem.) A substance which cannot be decomposed into different kinds of matter by any means at present employed; as, the elements of water are oxygen and hydrogen

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  3. Element(noun)

    one of the ultimate parts which are variously combined in anything; as, letters are the elements of written language; hence, also, a simple portion of that which is complex, as a shaft, lever, wheel, or any simple part in a machine; one of the essential ingredients of any mixture; a constituent part; as, quartz, feldspar, and mica are the elements of granite

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  4. Element(noun)

    one out of several parts combined in a system of aggregation, when each is of the nature of the whole; as, a single cell is an element of the honeycomb

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  5. Element(noun)

    one of the smallest natural divisions of the organism, as a blood corpuscle, a muscular fiber

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  6. Element(noun)

    one of the simplest essential parts, more commonly called cells, of which animal and vegetable organisms, or their tissues and organs, are composed

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  7. Element(noun)

    an infinitesimal part of anything of the same nature as the entire magnitude considered; as, in a solid an element may be the infinitesimal portion between any two planes that are separated an indefinitely small distance. In the calculus, element is sometimes used as synonymous with differential

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  8. Element(noun)

    sometimes a curve, or surface, or volume is considered as described by a moving point, or curve, or surface, the latter being at any instant called an element of the former

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  9. Element(noun)

    one of the terms in an algebraic expression

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  10. Element(noun)

    one of the necessary data or values upon which a system of calculations depends, or general conclusions are based; as, the elements of a planet's orbit

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  11. Element(noun)

    the simplest or fundamental principles of any system in philosophy, science, or art; rudiments; as, the elements of geometry, or of music

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  12. Element(noun)

    any outline or sketch, regarded as containing the fundamental ideas or features of the thing in question; as, the elements of a plan

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  13. Element(noun)

    one of the simple substances, as supposed by the ancient philosophers; one of the imaginary principles of matter

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  14. Element(noun)

    the four elements were, air, earth, water, and fire

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  15. Element(noun)

    the conditions and movements of the air

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  16. Element(noun)

    the elements of the alchemists were salt, sulphur, and mercury

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  17. Element(noun)

    the whole material composing the world

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  18. Element(noun)

    the bread and wine used in the eucharist or Lord's supper

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  19. Element(verb)

    to compound of elements or first principles

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

  20. Element(verb)

    to constitute; to make up with elements

    Etymology: [F. lment, L. elementum.]

Freebase

  1. Element

    In mathematics, an element, or member, of a set is any one of the distinct objects that make up that set.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Element

    el′e-ment, n. a first principle: one of the essential parts of anything: an ingredient: the proper state or sphere of any thing or being: (pl.) the rudiments of learning: the bread and wine used in the Eucharist: fire, air, earth, and water, supposed by the ancients to be the foundation of everything: (chem.) the simplest known constituents of all compound substances: (astron.) those numerical quantities, and those principles deduced from astronomical observations and calculations, which are employed in the construction of tables exhibiting the planetary motions.—adj. Element′al, pertaining to elements or first principles: fundamental: belonging to or produced by elements.—n. Element′alism, the theory which resolves the divinities of antiquity into the elemental powers.—adv. Element′ally.—adj. Element′ary, of a single element: primary: uncompounded: pertaining to the elements: treating of first principles.—Elemental spirits, beings in medieval belief who presided over the four 'elements,' living in and ruling them. [Fr.,—L. elementum, pl. elementà, first principles.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. element

    An organization formed around a specific function within a designated directorate of a joint force commander

Editors Contribution

  1. element

    A specific function or use.

    Each element of the business plan was reviewed to ensure it was accurate.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  
  2. element

    Is a type of matter.

    There are 118 elements that have been identified, of which the first 94 occur naturally on Earth with the remaining 24 being synthetic elements known at this moment in time., joyfully many more to be discovered as Science and technology evolves.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 25, 2015  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'element' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1908

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'element' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1740

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'element' in Nouns Frequency: #369

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of element in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of element in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of element in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    We often hate or ridicule something that we believe to represent an integral part of our selves, our own character that we dislike internally. It's a dichotomy that we can't and won't hate anything that is truly outside our element. We're surely our own worst critics.

  2. Chief Executive Bezhalel Machlis:

    Another important element of our results is the solid growth in two important target regions for us, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, these results, combined with a somewhat more favourable macro-environment for defence spending, lead us to be optimistic with regard to 2015.

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    The bitterest tragic element in life to be derived from an intellectual source is the belief in a brute Fate or Destiny.

  4. Edith Wharton:

    Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before.

  5. Peter Anspach:

    That's just a whole other element of randomness, it kind of makes it more entertaining for us, as well as the fans.

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