Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system
    a component or constituent element of a system
  2. (noun, cognition) an abstract part of something
    two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony
    the grammatical elements of a sentence
    a key factor in her success
    humor: an effective ingredient of a speech
  3. (noun, location) the most favorable environment for a plant or animal
  4. (noun, shape) a straight line that generates a cylinder or cone
  5. (noun, state) the situation in which you are happiest and most effective
  6. (noun, substance) any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter
  7. (noun, substance) one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe

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Alternate forms of Element

Derivations: elementary

Hyponyms: ac, accessory, actinium, add-on, addition, air, allotrope, appurtenance, ar, argon, argonon, arsenic, as, astatine, at, atomic number 1, atomic number 10, atomic number 101, atomic number 102, atomic number 103, atomic number 104, atomic number 105, atomic number 106, atomic number 107, atomic number 108, atomic number 109, atomic number 110, atomic number 111, atomic number 112, atomic number 113, atomic number 114, atomic number 115, atomic number 116, atomic number 14, atomic number 15, atomic number 16, atomic number 17, atomic number 18, atomic number 2, atomic number 32, atomic number 33, atomic number 34, atomic number 35, atomic number 36, atomic number 5, atomic number 52, atomic number 53, atomic number 54, atomic number 6, atomic number 7, atomic number 8, atomic number 85, atomic number 86, atomic number 89, atomic number 9, atomic number 94, audio, auto part, b, be all and end all, be-all and end-all, bh, bohrium, boron, br, bromine, c, car part, carbon, chlorine, cl, computer hardware, crystal, darmstadtium, db, ds, dubnium, earth, element 104, element 105, element 106, element 107, element 108, element 109, element 110, element 111, element 112, element 113, element 114, element 115, element 116, element of a cone, element of a cylinder, ether, f, fire, fluorine, ge, germanium, h, hahnium, hardware, hassium, he, heating element, helium, hs, hydrogen, i, improver, inert gas, ingredient, input, iodin, iodine, kr, krypton, landside, lawrencium, lr, making, md, meitnerium, mendelevium, metal, metallic element, module, mt, mv, n, ne, neon, nitrogen, no, nobelium, noble gas, nonmetal, o, oxygen, p, pel, phosphorus, picture element, pixel, plot element, plutonium, point, pu, quintessence, radon, retrofit, rf, rg, rn, roentgenium, rutherfordium, s, se, seaborgium, selenium, sg, si, silicon, spare, spare part, spark gap, sulfur, sulphur, supplement, te, tellurium, trace element, transactinide, transuranic element, unnilquadium, unq, ununbium, ununhexium, ununpentium, ununquadium, ununtrium, uub, uuh, uup, uuq, uut, water, xe, xenon

Hypernyms: division, environment, environs, part, portion, section, situation, state of affairs, straight line, substance, surround, surroundings

Origin of the word Element

  1. c.1300, "earth, air, fire, water," from O.Fr. element, from L. elementem "rudiment, first principle, matter in its most basic form," origin unknown (translated Gk. stoikheion). Modern chemical sense is 1813. Elements "atmospheric force" is 1550s. more

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