|n.||1.||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.|
|2.||(Chem.) One of the ultimate, undecomposable constituents of any kind of matter. Specifically: |
|3.||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.|
|4.||(Anat.) 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.|
|5.||(Biol.) One of the simplest essential parts, more commonly called cells, of which animal and vegetable organisms, or their tissues and organs, are composed.|
|6.||(Math.) An infinitesimal part of anything of the same nature as the entire magnitude considered; as, in a solid an element may be the infinitesimal portion between any two planes that are separated an indefinitely small distance. In the calculus, element is sometimes used as synonymous with differential.|
|7.||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.|
|8.||The simplest or fundamental principles of any system in philosophy, science, or art; rudiments; as, the elements of geometry, or of music.|
|9.||Any outline or sketch, regarded as containing the fundamental ideas or features of the thing in question; as, the elements of a plan.|
|10.||One of the simple substances, as supposed by the ancient philosophers; one of the imaginary principles of matter.|
The grosser feeds the purer: Earth the Sea;
Earth and the Sea feed Air; the Air those Fires
And the complexion of the element [
In favor's like the work we have in hand,
Most bloody, fiery, and most terrible.
They show that they are out of their element.
|11.||the conditions and movements of the air.|
|11.||The whole material composing the world.|
|12.||(Eccl.) The bread and wine used in the eucharist or Lord's supper.|
|v. t.||1.||To compound of elements or first principles.|
|2.||To constitute; to make up with elements.|
|Noun||1.||element - 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"|
|2.||element - 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|
Synonyms: chemical element
|3.||element - 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"|
|4.||element - one of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe; "the alchemists believed that there were four elements"|
|5.||element - the most favorable environment for a plant or animal; "water is the element of fishes"|
|6.||element - the situation in which you are happiest and most effective; "in your element"|
|7.||element - a straight line that generates a cylinder or cone|
|1.||(data, programming)||element - One of the items of data in an array.|
|2.||(language, text)||element - One kind of node in an SGML, HTML, or
XML document tree. An SGML element is typically
represented by a start tag ("|
") and an end tag (""). In some SGML implementations, some tags are omissible, as with "" in HTML.
The start tag can contain attributes ("
"), which are an unordered set of key-value
bindings for that element. Both the start tag and end tag for
an element typically contain the "tag name" (also called the
"GI" or generic identifier) for that element.