Definitions of element

  1. 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
  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"
  3. one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe; " the alchemists believed that there were four elements"
  4. the most favorable environment for a plant or animal; " water is the element of fishes"
  5. a straight line that generates a cylinder or cone
  6. the situation in which you are happiest and most effective; " in your element"
  7. One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.
  8. One of the ultimate, undecomposable constituents of any kind of matter. Specifically: ( Chem.) A substance which cannot be decomposed into different kinds of matter by any means at present employed; as, the elements of water are oxygen and hydrogen.
  9. One of the ultimate parts which are variously combined in anything; as, letters are the elements of written language; hence, also, a simple portion of that which is complex, as a shaft, lever, wheel, or any simple part in a machine; one of the essential ingredients of any mixture; a constituent part; as, quartz, feldspar, and mica are the elements of granite.
  10. One out of several parts combined in a system of aggregation, when each is of the nature of the whole; as, a single cell is an element of the honeycomb.
  11. One of the smallest natural divisions of the organism, as a blood corpuscle, a muscular fiber.
  12. One of the simplest essential parts, more commonly called cells, of which animal and vegetable organisms, or their tissues and organs, are composed.
  13. Sometimes a curve, or surface, or volume is considered as described by a moving point, or curve, or surface, the latter being at any instant called an element of the former.
  14. One of the terms in an algebraic expression.
  15. One of the necessary data or values upon which a system of calculations depends, or general conclusions are based; as, the elements of a planet's orbit.
  16. The simplest or fundamental principles of any system in philosophy, science, or art; rudiments; as, the elements of geometry, or of music.
  17. Any outline or sketch, regarded as containing the fundamental ideas or features of the thing in question; as, the elements of a plan.
  18. One of the simple substances, as supposed by the ancient philosophers; one of the imaginary principles of matter.
  19. The four elements were, air, earth, water, and fire
  20. the conditions and movements of the air.
  21. The whole material composing the world.
  22. To compound of elements or first principles.
  23. To constitute; to make up with elements.
  24. A first or main principle; one of the main parts of the physical world, as fire, water, air, etc.; natural environment, or life with which one is familiar; as, he is out of his element; ingredient; in chemistry, a substance which cannot be separated into other substances.
  25. A first principle: one of the essential parts of anything: an ingredient: the proper state or sphere of any thing or being:- pl. the rudiments of anything: ( chem.) the simple bodies that have not been decomposed: among the ancients, fire, air, earth, and water, supposed to be the constituents of all things: the bread and wine used at the Communion.
  26. Elemental.
  27. First principle; simple constituent; ingredient; proper sphere.
  28. A component; constituent; ingredient.
  29. Rudiments.
  30. The bread and wine of the Lord's Supper.
  31. Natural agencies, as of earth, air, fire, and water.
  32. The natural sphere or environment.
  33. A form of matter which can not be decomposed by any known means.
  34. The first rules or principles of an art or science; rudiments; data; the bread and wine used at the Eucharist; those bodies which cannot be resolved by chemical analysis, and are therefore presumed to be simple; fire, air, earth, and water, to which some add ether, formerly supposed to constitute the world.
  35. First principle; one of the simple constituent parts of a thing; the proper state or sphere of a thing; outline or sketch; moving cause or principle.
  36. To compound of elements; to constitute or to make, as a first principle.
  37. A simple substance; the first or constitnent principle of anything; an ingredient or constituent part; the proper sphere or state of anything.
  38. The first rules or principles of any branch of knowledge; rudiments; data; an outline or sketch; the bread and wine used in the Eucharist or Lord's Supper.
  39. A substance that cannot be separated into simpler substances.

Usage examples for element

  1. But the moment it is admitted that there is a beauty of form independent of the ideal element, this theory can no longer stand. – The Psychology of Beauty by Ethel D. Puffer
  2. That element is blood. – The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy by Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
  3. A necessary element in genius is therefore Imagination. – Schopenhauer by Thomas Whittaker
  4. When he told them that he would tap a Conservative element by reducing the suffrage they did not know whether to believe him or not. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  5. There was, besides, always an element of uncertainty. – Christopher Columbus, Volume 7 And The New World Of His Discovery, A Narrative by Filson Young
  6. He would not look out of his element; and this, knowing what they knew, was his offence. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  7. An element of form or an element of feeling?" – Embarrassments by Henry James
  8. In this time of test, no lower element than sorrow for the failure of her cause appears to have been present in her mind. – Letters of Catherine Benincasa by Catherine Benincasa
  9. But then they'd probably have been spotted, and lost the precious element of surprise. – Slingshot by Irving W. Lande
  10. But the element in which change is permitted has been changed. – The English Constitution by Walter Bagehot
  11. He wants the support of the best element. – The Just and the Unjust by Vaughan Kester
  12. A statement which has a large element of fundamental truth, at least in his case. – My Boyhood by John Burroughs
  13. You are the element In which I breathe! – Semiramis and Other Plays Semiramis, Carlotta And The Poet by Olive Tilford Dargan
  14. My decision had no personal element. – The Love Affairs of Pixie by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey