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Meaning & Definition of Component in English

English

Component

/kəmpoʊnənt/

noun

1. An abstract part of something

  • "Jealousy was a component of his character"
  • "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"
    synonym:
  • component
  • ,
  • constituent
  • ,
  • element
  • ,
  • factor
  • ,
  • ingredient

2. Something determined in relation to something that includes it

  • "He wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"
  • "I read a portion of the manuscript"
  • "The smaller component is hard to reach"
  • "The animal constituent of plankton"
    synonym:
  • part
  • ,
  • portion
  • ,
  • component part
  • ,
  • component
  • ,
  • constituent

3. 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
  • "Spare components for cars"
  • "A component or constituent element of a system"
    synonym:
  • component
  • ,
  • constituent
  • ,
  • element