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Meaning of component

com•po•nent

Pronunciation: (kum-pō'nunt, kom-), [key]
— n.
  1. a constituent part; element; ingredient.
  2. a part of a mechanical or electrical system: hi-fi components.
  3. the projection of a vector quantity, as force or velocity, along an axis.
  4. one of the set of the minimum number of chemical constituents by which every phase of a given system can be described.
    1. a connected subset of a set, not contained in any other connected subset of the set.
    2. a coordinate of a vector.
  5. base component; transformational component; semantic component; phonological component.
    1. one of the major subdivisions of a generative grammar:base component; transformational component; semantic component; phonological component.Cf. level (def. 17).
    2. a feature determined by componential analysis.
—adj.
  1. being or serving as an element (in something larger); composing; constituent: the component parts of a computer system.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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