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English noun: component

1. component (cognition) an abstract part of something

SamplesJealousy 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.

Synonymsconstituent, element, factor, ingredient

Broader (hypernym)division, part, section

Narrower (hyponym)be all and end all, be-all and end-all, plot element, point

2. component something determined in relation to something that includes it

SamplesHe 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.

Synonymscomponent part, constituent, part, portion

Broader (hypernym)relation

Narrower (hyponym)balance, base, basis, butt, detail, item, item, language unit, linguistic unit, member, particular, point, remainder, residual, residue, residuum, rest, subpart, substance, unit

Part meronymmeronymy, part to whole relation

3. component (artifact) 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

SamplesSpare components for cars.
A component or constituent element of a system.

Synonymsconstituent, element

Broader (hypernym)part, portion

Narrower (hyponym)accessory, add-on, add-on, addition, appurtenance, audio, auto part, car part, computer hardware, crystal, hardware, heating element, improver, ingredient, input, landside, making, module, pel, picture element, pixel, retrofit, spare, spare part, spark gap, supplement

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