Definition of "element" [el•e•ment]

  • A fundamental, essential, or irreducible constituent of a composite entity. (noun)
  • The basic assumptions or principles of a subject. (noun)
  • Mathematics A member of a set. (noun)
  • Mathematics A point, line, or plane. (noun)
  • Mathematics A part of a geometric configuration, such as an angle in a triangle. (noun)
  • Any of the 118 known substances (of which 93 occur naturally) that consist of atoms with the same number of protons in their nuclei (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • One of the fundamental or irreducible components making up a whole (noun)
  • A cause that contributes to a result; factor (noun)
  • Any group that is part of a larger unit, such as a military formation (noun)
  • A small amount; hint (noun)
  • A distinguishable section of a social group (noun)
  • The most favourable environment for an animal or plant (noun)
  • The situation in which a person is happiest or most effective (esp in the phrases in or out of one's element) (noun)
  • The resistance wire and its former, which constitute the electrical heater in a cooker, heater, etc (noun)
  • One of the four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the universe (earth, air, water, or fire) (noun)
  • Atmospheric conditions or forces, esp wind, rain, and cold (noun)
  • The first principles of a subject (noun)
  • A point, line, plane, or part of a geometric figure (noun)
  • Any of the terms in a determinant or matrix (noun)
  • One of the infinitesimally small quantities summed by an integral, often represented by the expression following the integral sign (noun)
  • One of the objects or numbers that together constitute a set (noun)
  • The bread or wine consecrated in the Eucharist (noun)
  • Any of the numerical quantities, such as the major axis or eccentricity, used in describing the orbit of a planet, satellite, etc (noun)
  • One of the vertical or horizontal rods forming a television or VHF radio receiving aerial (noun)
  • A component of a compound lens (noun)

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Use "element" in a sentence
  • "Just as one element of the dream leads to associations with several dream thoughts, so, as a rule, the _one dream thought represents more than one dream element_."
  • "1The element A may be either a complete and independent word (sing) or the fundamental substance, the so-called root or stem2 or “radical element” (sing -) of a word."
  • "When a main element is dependence on a unilaterally declared temporary cease-fire by one of the key violent actors on the scene – which has not been defeated and which can rescind the cease-fire at any time – how can it be termed a “success”, nevermind a “victory”?"