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


  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.

  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.

  3. element(Noun)

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

  4. element(Noun)

    Something small.

    an element of doubt

  5. element(Noun)

    Atmospheric forces such as strong winds and rains.

  6. element(Noun)

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

    be in one's own element

  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.

  8. element(Noun)

    One of the objects in a set.

  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.

  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.

  11. element(Noun)

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

  12. Origin: 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

  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

  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

  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

  5. Element(noun)

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

  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

  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

  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

  9. Element(noun)

    one of the terms in an algebraic expression

  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

  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

  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

  13. Element(noun)

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

  14. Element(noun)

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

  15. Element(noun)

    the conditions and movements of the air

  16. Element(noun)

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

  17. Element(noun)

    the whole material composing the world

  18. Element(noun)

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

  19. Element(verb)

    to compound of elements or first principles

  20. Element(verb)

    to constitute; to make up with elements

  21. Origin: [F. lment, L. elementum.]


  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

    Is a chemical substance consisting of a number of atom and a specific composition.

    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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British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce element?

  1. Alex
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  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. Jonathan Eibeschutz:

    All pleasures contain an element of sadness.

  2. Nicki Ley:

    Coffee is a vital element of a first-rate day.

  3. Emma Goldman:

    The most violent element in society is ignorance.

  4. Johann von Goethe:

    The society of women is the element of good manners.

  5. Piet Chielens:

    It is a new element in warfare. It is indiscriminate.

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