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el·e·ment

 (ĕl′ə-mənt)
n.
1. A fundamental, essential, or irreducible constituent of a composite entity.
2. elements The basic assumptions or principles of a subject.
3. Mathematics
a. A member of a set.
b. A point, line, or plane.
c. A part of a geometric configuration, such as an angle in a triangle.
d. The generatrix of a geometric figure.
e. Any of the terms in the rectangular array of terms that constitute a matrix or determinant.
4. Chemistry & Physics A substance composed of atoms having an identical number of protons in each nucleus. Elements cannot be reduced to simpler substances by normal chemical means. See Periodic Table (pages 131X-131X).
5. One of four substances, earth, air, fire, or water, formerly regarded as a fundamental constituent of the universe.
6. Electricity The resistance wire in an electrical appliance such as a heater or an oven.
7. elements The forces that constitute the weather, especially severe or inclement weather: outside paint that had been damaged by the elements.
8. An environment naturally suited to or associated with an individual: He is in his element when traveling. The business world is her element.
9. A distinct group within a larger community: the dissident element on campus.
10. A part of a military force, especially:
a. A ground unit in an air force comparable to a platoon.
b. A unit of an air force equal to two or three aircraft.
11. elements The bread and wine of the Eucharist.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin elementum, perhaps ultimately from lmn, first three letters of the second half of the Canaanite alphabet, recited by ancient scribes when learning it.]
Synonyms: element, component, constituent, factor, ingredient
These nouns denote one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up: the grammatical elements of a sentence; real estate as a component of wealth; a protein that is a constituent of a virus; analyzed the factors that led to the accident; a cake made of flour, eggs, and other ingredients.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elements - violent or severe weather (viewed as caused by the action of the four elements)elements - violent or severe weather (viewed as caused by the action of the four elements); "they felt the full fury of the elements"
atmospheric condition, weather, weather condition, conditions - the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation; "they were hoping for good weather"; "every day we have weather conditions and yesterday was no exception"; "the conditions were too rainy for playing in the snow"
Translations
أُصول، عَناصِر، مُقَوِّماتعَناصِرُ الطَّبيعَه
elementære begrebernaturkræfter
alapfogalmakelemek
náttúruöflinundirstöîuatriîi
živly
havatemel esaslar

element

(ˈeləmənt) noun
1. an essential part of anything. Sound teaching of grammar is one of the elements of a good education.
2. a substance that cannot be split by chemical means into simpler substances. Hydrogen, chlorine, iron and uranium are elements.
3. surroundings necessary for life. Water is a fish's natural element.
4. a slight amount. an element of doubt.
5. the heating part in an electric kettle etc.
ˌeleˈmentary (-ˈmen-) adjective
very simple; not advanced. elementary mathematics.
ˈelements noun plural
1. the first things to be learned in any subject. the elements of musical theory.
2. the forces of nature, as wind and rain.
in one's element
in the surroundings that are most natural or pleasing to one.
References in classic literature ?
Laws of motion of any kind become comprehensible to man only when he examines arbitrarily selected elements of that motion; but at the same time, a large proportion of human error comes from the arbitrary division of continuous motion into discontinuous elements.
All the elements of an Epic poem are found in Tragedy, but the elements of a Tragedy are not all found in the Epic poem.
First and always in considering any piece of literature a student should ask himself the question already implied: Does it present a true portrayal of life--of the permanent elements in all life and in human nature, of the life or thought of its own particular period, and (in most sorts of books) of the persons, real or imaginary, with whom it deals?
We thus see, that although there is a clear and fundamental difference between the mere adhesion of grafted stocks, and the union of the male and female elements in the act of reproduction, yet that there is a rude degree of parallelism in the results of grafting and of crossing distinct species.
The addition of these elements that go beyond crude sensation is said to constitute perception.
Yes, I'm writing the second part of the Two Elements," said Golenishtchev, coloring with pleasure at the question--"that is, to be exact, I am not writing it yet; I am preparing, collecting materials.
I was conscious every moment in myself of many, very many elements absolutely opposite to that.
The principles of definition, the law of contradiction, the fallacy of arguing in a circle, the distinction between the essence and accidents of a thing or notion, between means and ends, between causes and conditions; also the division of the mind into the rational, concupiscent, and irascible elements, or of pleasures and desires into necessary and unnecessary-- these and other great forms of thought are all of them to be found in the Republic, and were probably first invented by Plato.
It has been said that the whale only breathes through his spout-hole; if it could truthfully be added that his spouts are mixed with water, then I opine we should be furnished with the reason why his sense of smell seems obliterated in him; for the only thing about him that at all answers to his nose is that identical spout-hole; and being so clogged with two elements, it could not be expected to have the power of smelling.
Contentment with our lot is an element of happiness.
I suspected that Blanche Stroeve's violent dislike of Strickland had in it from the beginning a vague element of sexual attraction.
No better materials to feed the fire could be found, had there been a communication with the flames; but the ground was destitute of the brush that led the destructive element, like a torrent, over the remainder of the hill.

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