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Meaning & Definition of Element in English

English

Element

/ɛləmənt/

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. 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

3. 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

    synonym:
  • chemical element
  • ,
  • element

4. The most favorable environment for a plant or animal

  • "Water is the element of fishes"
    synonym:
  • element

5. One of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe

  • "The alchemists believed that there were four elements"
    synonym:
  • element

6. The situation in which you are happiest and most effective

  • "In your element"
    synonym:
  • element

7. A straight line that generates a cylinder or cone

    synonym:
  • element

Examples of using

Sulphur is a chemical element with the symbol S.
He's in his element when working on the farm.
If other conditions are equal, the temperature must be the most influential element in this experiment.