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1    a constituent part or aspect of something more complex  
a component of a car     
2      (Also called)    element   any electrical device, such as a resistor, that has distinct electrical characteristics and that may be connected to other electrical devices to form a circuit  
3      (Maths)  
a    one of a set of two or more vectors whose resultant is a given vector  
b    the projection of this given vector onto a specified line  
4    one of the minimum number of chemically distinct constituents necessary to describe fully the composition of each phase in a system  
   See       phase rule  
5    forming or functioning as a part or aspect; constituent  
     (C17: from Latin componere to put together, from ponere to place, put)  
  componential      adj  

base component  
      n   the system of rules in a transformational grammar that specify the deep structure of the language  
profile component  
      n     (Brit. education)   attainment targets in different subjects brought together for the general assessment of a pupil  
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      n   constituent, element, ingredient, item, part, piece, unit  
      adj   composing, constituent, inherent, intrinsic  

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component n.
one of the parts that make up a whole machine, system etc.

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a virtual component in cyberspace which may be in any form and may execute any function, solely or partially.
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