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Definition of Element

Element

  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. 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.
  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. 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. One of the smallest natural divisions of the organism, as a blood corpuscle, a muscular fiber.
  6. One of the simplest essential parts, more commonly called cells, of which animal and vegetable organisms, or their tissues and organs, are composed.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. One of the terms in an algebraic expression.
  10. 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.
  11. The simplest or fundamental principles of any system in philosophy, science, or art; rudiments; as, the elements of geometry, or of music.
  12. Any outline or sketch, regarded as containing the fundamental ideas or features of the thing in question; as, the elements of a plan.
  13. One of the simple substances, as supposed by the ancient philosophers; one of the imaginary principles of matter.
  14. The four elements were, air, earth, water, and fire
  15. the conditions and movements of the air.
  16. The elements of the alchemists were salt, sulphur, and mercury.
  17. The whole material composing the world.
  18. The bread and wine used in the eucharist or Lord's supper.
  19. To compound of elements or first principles.
  20. To constitute; to make up with elements.

Element Quotations

One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
Carl Jung

True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. It is, on the contrary, an element calm and deep. It looks beyond mere externals, and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding.
Ellen G. White

The most violent element in society is ignorance.
Emma Goldman

It's hard to say goodbye to the streets. It's all how you do it. You can pass by and say, 'What's happening?' and keep it moving, but it's a certain element that'll never be able to roll with you once you get to this level, because that's the separation of it all.
Snoop Dogg

Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation that ends up expressing itself in successive outer layers of the product or service. The iMac is not just the color or translucence or the shape of the shell. The essence of the iMac is to be the finest possible consumer computer in which each element plays together.
Steve Jobs
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Element Translations

element in Afrikaans is item
element in Danish is element
element in Dutch is element, bestanddeel, beginsel
element in Finnish is alkuaine, osanen
element in German is Grundeinheit, Element
element in Hungarian is elem
element in Italian is elemento
element in Latin is elementum
element in Norwegian is grunnstoff, element
element in Portuguese is elemento
element in Spanish is elemento
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