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element

  

      n  
1    any of the 118 known substances (of which 93 occur naturally) that consist of atoms with the same number of protons in their nuclei  
   Compare       compound   1       1  
2    one of the fundamental or irreducible components making up a whole  
3    a cause that contributes to a result; factor  
4    any group that is part of a larger unit, such as a military formation  
5    a small amount; hint  
an element of sarcasm in her voice     
6    a distinguishable section of a social group  
he belonged to the stable element in the expedition     
7    the most favourable environment for an animal or plant  
8    the situation in which a person is happiest or most effective (esp. in the phrases in or out of one's element)  
9    the resistance wire and its former that constitute the electrical heater in a cooker, heater, etc.  
10      (Electronics)      another name for       component       2  
11    one of the four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the universe (earth, air, water, or fire)  
12    pl   atmospheric conditions or forces, esp. wind, rain, and cold  
exposed to the elements     
13    pl   the first principles of a subject  
14      (Geometry)   a point, line, plane, or part of a geometric figure  
15      (Maths)  
a    any of the terms in the array of a determinant or matrix  
b    one of the infinitesimally small quantities summed by an integral, often represented by the expression following the integral sign  
in ∫baf(x)dx, f(x)dx is an element of area     
16      (Maths, logic)   one of the objects or numbers that together constitute a set  
17      (Christianity)   the bread or wine consecrated in the Eucharist  
18      (Astronomy)   any of the numerical quantities, such as the major axis or eccentricity, used in describing the orbit of a planet, satellite, etc.  
19    one of the vertical or horizontal rods forming a television or VHF radio receiving aerial  
20      (Physics)   a component of a compound lens  
     (C13: from Latin elementum a first principle, alphabet, element, of uncertain origin)  


essential element  
      n     (Biochem)   any chemical element required by an organism for healthy growth. It may be required in large amounts (see macronutrient) or in very small amounts (see trace element)  
fuel element  
      n   a can containing nuclear fuel for use in a reactor  
heating element  
      n   a coil or other arrangement of wire in which heat is produced by an electric current  
ideal element  
      n   any element added to a mathematical theory in order to eliminate special cases. The ideal element i = square root --1 allows all algebraic equations to be solved and the point at infinity (ideal point) ensures that any two lines in projective geometry intersect  
insertion element   , sequence  
      n     (Genetics)   a section of DNA that has been inserted into another chromosome  
   See       transposon  
Peltier element  
      n   an electronic device consisting of metal strips between which alternate strips of n-type and p-type semiconductors are connected. Passage of a current causes heat to be absorbed from one set of metallic strips and emitted from the other by the Peltier effect  
trace element  
      n   any of various chemical elements, such as iron, manganese, zinc, copper, and iodine, that occur in very small amounts in organisms and are essential for many physiological and biochemical processes  
transition element   , metal  
      n     (Chem)   any element belonging to one of three series of elements with atomic numbers between 21 and 30, 39 and 48, and 57 and 80. They have an incomplete penultimate electron shell and tend to exhibit more than one valency and to form complexes  
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component  
      n  
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  
      adj  
5    forming or functioning as a part or aspect; constituent  
     (C17: from Latin componere to put together, from ponere to place, put)  
  componential      adj  


element         
      n  
1    any of the 118 known substances (of which 93 occur naturally) that consist of atoms with the same number of protons in their nuclei  
   Compare       compound   1       1  
2    one of the fundamental or irreducible components making up a whole  
3    a cause that contributes to a result; factor  
4    any group that is part of a larger unit, such as a military formation  
5    a small amount; hint  
an element of sarcasm in her voice     
6    a distinguishable section of a social group  
he belonged to the stable element in the expedition     
7    the most favourable environment for an animal or plant  
8    the situation in which a person is happiest or most effective (esp. in the phrases in or out of one's element)  
9    the resistance wire and its former that constitute the electrical heater in a cooker, heater, etc.  
10      (Electronics)      another name for       component       2  
11    one of the four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the universe (earth, air, water, or fire)  
12    pl   atmospheric conditions or forces, esp. wind, rain, and cold  
exposed to the elements     
13    pl   the first principles of a subject  
14      (Geometry)   a point, line, plane, or part of a geometric figure  
15      (Maths)  
a    any of the terms in the array of a determinant or matrix  
b    one of the infinitesimally small quantities summed by an integral, often represented by the expression following the integral sign  
in ∫baf(x)dx, f(x)dx is an element of area     
16      (Maths, logic)   one of the objects or numbers that together constitute a set  
17      (Christianity)   the bread or wine consecrated in the Eucharist  
18      (Astronomy)   any of the numerical quantities, such as the major axis or eccentricity, used in describing the orbit of a planet, satellite, etc.  
19    one of the vertical or horizontal rods forming a television or VHF radio receiving aerial  
20      (Physics)   a component of a compound lens  
     (C13: from Latin elementum a first principle, alphabet, element, of uncertain origin)  
essential element  
      n     (Biochem)   any chemical element required by an organism for healthy growth. It may be required in large amounts (see macronutrient) or in very small amounts (see trace element)  
fuel element  
      n   a can containing nuclear fuel for use in a reactor  
heating element  
      n   a coil or other arrangement of wire in which heat is produced by an electric current  
ideal element  
      n   any element added to a mathematical theory in order to eliminate special cases. The ideal element i = square root --1 allows all algebraic equations to be solved and the point at infinity (ideal point) ensures that any two lines in projective geometry intersect  
insertion element   , sequence  
      n     (Genetics)   a section of DNA that has been inserted into another chromosome  
   See       transposon  
Peltier element  
      n   an electronic device consisting of metal strips between which alternate strips of n-type and p-type semiconductors are connected. Passage of a current causes heat to be absorbed from one set of metallic strips and emitted from the other by the Peltier effect  
trace element  
      n   any of various chemical elements, such as iron, manganese, zinc, copper, and iodine, that occur in very small amounts in organisms and are essential for many physiological and biochemical processes  
transition element   , metal  
      n     (Chem)   any element belonging to one of three series of elements with atomic numbers between 21 and 30, 39 and 48, and 57 and 80. They have an incomplete penultimate electron shell and tend to exhibit more than one valency and to form complexes  

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element

  
1    basis, component, constituent, essential factor, factor, feature, hint, ingredient, member, part, section, subdivision, trace, unit  
2    domain, environment, field, habitat, medium, milieu, sphere  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
adj.
an element that has a single dominating theme
for instance : having a theme that continues through more than one movement of a musical composition
adj.
That contains a node or nodes. Also as the second element in compounds: that contains or has a specified number of nodes.
[US] es genial
n.
a text or graphic element meant to prompt the user to click on a link
[Tech.] the most common call-to-actions are buttons or banners
n.
Arotten apple is a member of a group, or a single element in a set of things, that is bad and likely to corrupt the other people or things in the group
Allusion to the expression "One bad apple spoils the barrel"
n.
distributed control system; a control system for a process or plant, wherein control elements are distributed throughout the system
chemical plants, petrochemical (oil) and refineries, boiler controls and power plant systems, nuclear power plants, environmental control systems etc.
n.
a political system where power is based on the wealthiest elements of the society
[Pol.]
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