Meaning of element
Pronunciation: (el'u-munt), [key]
- a component or constituent of a whole or one of the parts into which a whole may be resolved by analysis: Bricks and mortar are elements of every masonry wall.
- one of a class of substances that cannot be separated into simpler substances by chemical means.See also chart under
- a natural habitat, sphere of activity, environment, etc.: to be in one's element; Water is the element of fish.
- a ruddy complexion from exposure to the elements.
- atmospheric agencies or forces; weather:a ruddy complexion from exposure to the elements.
- the rudimentary principles of an art, science, etc.:the elements of grammar.
- the bread and wine of the Eucharistic service.
- any group of people singled out within a larger group by identifiable behavior patterns, common interests, ethnic similarities, etc.: He worried that the protest rally would attract the radical element.
- one of the substances, usually earth, water, air, and fire, formerly regarded as constituting the material universe.
- an infinitesimal part of a given quantity, similar in nature to it.
- an entity that satisfies all the conditions of belonging to a given set.
- one of the points, lines, planes, or other geometrical forms, of which a figure is composed.
- any of the data required to define the precise nature of an orbit and to determine the position of a planet in the orbit at any given time.
- an electric device with terminals for connection to other electrical devices.
- one of the electrodes in a vacuum tube.
- any of the four triplicity groupings of signs: fire, earth, air, or water.
- any of the lenses or other components constituting an optical system.
- any word, part of a word, or group of words that recurs in various contexts in a language with relatively constant meaning.
- element (Thesaurus)