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English noun: element

1. element (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.

Synonymscomponent, constituent, factor, ingredient

Broader (hypernym)division, part, section

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

2. element (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.

Synonymscomponent, constituent

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

3. element (substance) 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

Synonymschemical element

Broader (hypernym)substance

Narrower (hyponym)Ac, actinium, allotrope, Ar, argon, argonon, arsenic, As, astatine, At, atomic number 1, atomic number 10, atomic number 101, atomic number 102, atomic number 103, atomic number 104, atomic number 105, atomic number 106, atomic number 107, atomic number 108, atomic number 109, atomic number 110, atomic number 111, atomic number 112, atomic number 113, atomic number 114, atomic number 115, atomic number 116, atomic number 14, atomic number 15, atomic number 16, atomic number 17, atomic number 18, atomic number 2, atomic number 32, atomic number 33, atomic number 34, atomic number 35, atomic number 36, atomic number 5, atomic number 52, atomic number 53, atomic number 54, atomic number 6, atomic number 7, atomic number 8, atomic number 85, atomic number 86, atomic number 89, atomic number 9, atomic number 94, B, Bh, bohrium, boron, Br, bromine, C, carbon, chlorine, Cl, darmstadtium, Db, Ds, dubnium, element 104, element 105, element 106, element 107, element 108, element 109, element 110, element 111, element 112, element 113, element 114, element 115, element 116, F, fluorine, Ge, germanium, H, hahnium, hassium, He, helium, Hs, hydrogen, I, inert gas, iodin, iodine, Kr, krypton, lawrencium, Lr, Md, meitnerium, mendelevium, metal, metallic element, Mt, Mv, N, Ne, neon, nitrogen, No, nobelium, noble gas, nonmetal, O, oxygen, P, phosphorus, plutonium, Pu, radon, Rf, Rg, Rn, roentgenium, rutherfordium, S, Se, seaborgium, selenium, Sg, Si, silicon, sulfur, sulphur, Te, tellurium, trace element, transactinide, transuranic element, unnilquadium, Unq, ununbium, ununhexium, ununpentium, ununquadium, ununtrium, Uub, Uuh, Uup, Uuq, Uut, Xe, xenon

Part holonymatom

4. element (location) the most favorable environment for a plant or animal

SamplesWater is the element of fishes.

Broader (hypernym)environment, environs, surround, surroundings

5. element (substance) one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe

SamplesThe alchemists believed that there were four elements.

Broader (hypernym)substance

Narrower (hyponym)air, earth, ether, fire, quintessence, water

6. element (state) the situation in which you are happiest and most effective

SamplesIn your element.

Broader (hypernym)situation, state of affairs

7. element (shape) a straight line that generates a cylinder or cone

Broader (hypernym)straight line

Narrower (hyponym)element of a cone, element of a cylinder

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