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  1. el·e·ment
    IPA[ˈeləmənt]
  2. noun

    • 1. a part or aspect of something abstract, especially one that is essential or characteristic:

      the death had all the elements of a great tabloid story there are four elements to the proposal
    • 2. a small but significant presence of a feeling or abstract quality:

      it was the element of danger he loved in flying
    • 3. the rudiments of a branch of knowledge:

      legal training may include the elements of economics and political science
      Synonym : basics, essentials, principles, first principles, foundations, fundamentals, rudiments, nuts and bolts, ABC
    • 4. a group of people of a particular kind within a larger group or organization:

      extreme right-wing elements in the army
    • 5. (in church use) the bread and wine of the Eucharist.

    • 6. an entity that is a single member of a set.

    • 7. each of more than one hundred substances that cannot be chemically interconverted or broken down into simpler substances and are primary constituents of matter. Each element is distinguished by its atomic number, i.e. the number of protons in the nuclei of its atoms.

    • 8. any of the four substances (earth, water, air, and fire) regarded as the fundamental constituents of the world in ancient and medieval philosophy.

    • 9. a person's or animal's natural or preferred environment:

      he was raised in Hawaii and the sea is his natural element
      Synonym : natural environment, favored environment, familiar territory, territory, habitat, medium, milieu, sphere, field, domain, realm, circle, resort, haunt
    • 10. the weather, especially strong winds, heavy rain, and other kinds of bad weather:

      there was no barrier against the elements
      Synonym : the weather, the climate, meteorological conditions, atmospheric conditions/forces, the wind, the rain, storms
    • 11. a part in an electric teapot, heater, or stove that contains a wire through which an electric current is passed to provide heat.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: element, plural noun: elements

    • noun

      an essential or characteristic part of something abstract:

      a small but significant amount of a feeling or quality:

    • noun

      a chemical element present only in minute amounts in a particular sample or environment.

      a chemical element required only in minute amounts by living organisms for normal growth.

    • noun

      see pixel
    • noun

      an elongated cell in the phloem of a vascular plant, in which the primary wall is perforated by pores through which water is conducted.
    • noun

      an element consisting of nuclear fuel and other materials for use in a reactor.
    • noun

      a chemical element present only in minute amounts in a particular sample or environment.

      a chemical element required only in minute amounts by living organisms for normal growth.

    • noun

      an element consisting of nuclear fuel and other materials for use in a reactor.
    • noun

      the DNA of a cytoplasmic organelle, such as a mitochondrion or chloroplast, responsible for cytoplasmic inheritance.
    • noun

      a radioactive element or isotope.
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