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element definition

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This page has 36 definitions of element with English translations in 11 languages. Element is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use element in a sentence are shown. Also define these 37 related words and terms: part, principle, consist, constitution, fundamental, power, base, chemistry, chemical, decompose, chemical reaction, atom, proton, matter, philosopher, alchemist, law, cause of action, set theory, set, tooth, zip fastener, sky, Christianity, bread, wine, Holy Communion, resistance, computing, markup language, tag, element, derogatory, elements, mathematics, matrix, and radiator.

See also: Element and élément

English element definition

Etymology

From Middle English element, from Old French element, from Latin elementum (a first principle, element, rudiment) (see further etymology there).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: ĕl'ĭmənt, IPA(key): /ˈɛlɪmənt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: el‧e‧ment

Noun

element (plural elements)

  1. 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.
    Letters are the elements of written language.
    1. (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.
    2. One of the four basic building blocks of matter in theories of ancient philosophers and alchemists: water, earth, fire, and air.
    3. (law) A required aspect or component of a cause of action. A deed is regarded as a violation of law only if each element can be proved.
    4. (set theory) One of the objects in a set.
    5. Any of the teeth of a zip fastener.
    • Fundamental definition
      A leading or primary principle, rule, law, or article, which serves as the groundwork of a system; an essential part (1 of 3 fundamental definitions)
    • Base definition
      Something from which other things extend; a foundation.
      1. A supporting, lower or bottom component of a structure or object.
      (1 of 37 base definitions)
    • Chemistry definition
      The branch of natural science that deals with the composition and constitution of substances and the changes that they undergo as a consequence of alterations in the constitution of their molecules. (1 of 3 chemistry definitions)
    • Zip Fastener definition
      A fastener used in clothing, bags, etc, comprised of two rows of teeth that are made to fit into each other by moving a slider along their length and opened again by moving the slider in the other direction. (1 of 2 zip fastener definitions)
  2. A small part of the whole.
    an element of doubt;  an element of the picture
    • 1927, F. E. Penny, chapter 4, in Pulling the Strings:
      The case was that of a murder. It had an element of mystery about it, however, which was puzzling the authorities. A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff.
  3. (obsolete) The sky.
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 69:
      Sometimes, solitude is of all things my wish; and the awful silence of the night, the spangled element, and the rising and setting sun, how promotive of contemplation!
  4. (plural only, with "the") Atmospheric forces such as strong winds and rains.
    exposed to the elements
  5. A place or state of being that an individual or object is best suited to.
    to be in one's element
  6. (Christianity, usually in the plural) The bread and wine taken at Holy Communion.
    • Holy Communion definition
      A Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper of Christ, with the physical forms of bread and usually wine which are believed by certain denominations to become Christ himself or to host his spiritual presence.
  7. A group of people within a larger group having a particular common characteristic.
    You sometimes find the hooligan element at football matches.
  8. 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.
  9. (computing) One of the conceptual objects in a markup language, usually represented in text by tags.
    • 2011, Richard Wagner, Creating Web Pages All-in-One For Dummies:
      The div element was introduced into HTML as a solution to the layout problem.

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Derived terms

  • single-element

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Translations

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Verb

element (third-person singular simple present elements, present participle elementing, simple past and past participle elemented)

  1. (obsolete) To compound of elements.
  2. (obsolete) To constitute and be the elements of.
    • 1658, Izaak Walton, Life of Donne:
      His very soul was elemented of nothing but sadness.

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Further reading

References

  • Lehmann, R.G. (2011). "27-30-22-26 - How many letters needs an alphabet?". In de Voogt, A.; Quack, J.F. The Idea of Writing: Writing Across Borders. Brill. pp. 15–16, note 8.

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Catalan element definition

Etymology

From Latin elementum.

Pronunciation

Noun

element m (plural elements)

  1. element (clarification of this definition is needed)

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Further reading


Crimean Tatar element definition

Etymology

From Latin elementum

Noun

element

  1. element.

Declension

References

  • Mirjejev, V. A.; Usejinov, S. M. (2002) Ukrajinsʹko-krymsʹkotatarsʹkyj slovnyk [Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar Dictionary]‎[1], Simferopol: Dolya, →ISBN

Danish element definition

Noun

element n (singular definite elementet, plural indefinite elementer)

  1. (set theory) element

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Dutch element definition

Etymology

From Middle Dutch element, from Old French element, from Latin elementum (a first principle, element, rudiment), of uncertain origin (see further etymology there).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˌeː.ləˈmɛnt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ele‧ment
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

Noun

element n (plural elementen, diminutive elementje n)

  1. element
  2. (chemistry) element
  3. (set theory) element

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Norwegian Bokmål element definition

Etymology

From Latin elementum

Noun

element n (definite singular elementet, indefinite plural element or elementer, definite plural elementa or elementene)

  1. an element

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Norwegian Nynorsk element definition

Etymology

From Latin elementum

Noun

element n (definite singular elementet, indefinite plural element, definite plural elementa)

  1. an element

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Polish element definition

Etymology

From Latin elementum.

Pronunciation

Noun

element m inan

  1. element (component, piece of a larger whole)
  2. (derogatory) element (group of people)
    Wieczorami w knajpie zbierał się podejrzany element.
    In the evenings, suspicious element congregated in the pub.

Declension

Further reading

  • element in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • element in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian element definition

Etymology

From French élément, from Latin elementum.

Noun

element n (plural elemente)

  1. element

Declension


Serbo-Croatian element definition

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /elěment/
  • Hyphenation: e‧le‧ment

Noun

elèment m (Cyrillic spelling елѐмент)

  1. element

Declension


Swedish element definition

Pronunciation

Noun

element n

  1. element; basic building block of matter in ancient philosophy
  2. element; a place or state of being that an individual or object is better suited towards
  3. elements; forces of weather
  4. element; an object in a set
  5. (mathematics) element of a matrix
  6. heating element, radiator
  7. (computing) element; object in markup language

Declension

Declension of element 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative element elementet element elementen
Genitive elements elementets elements elementens

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Turkish element definition

Etymology

From German Element.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ɛ.le.ˈment]
  • Hyphenation: e‧le‧ment

Noun

element (definite accusative elementi, plural elementler)

  1. (chemistry) element

Declension

Inflection
Nominative element
Definite accusative elementi
Singular Plural
Nominative element elementler
Definite accusative elementi elementleri
Dative elemente elementlere
Locative elementte elementlerde
Ablative elementten elementlerden
Genitive elementin elementlerin