- a connected subset of a set, not contained in any other connected subset of the set.
- a coordinate of a vector.
Origin of component
Examples from the Web for component
The Volcker Rule, a component of the far-reaching Dodd-Frank law, required large banks to cut back on proprietary trading.The Incredible 'Wussiness' Of The Fed Vs Goldman Sachs—Caught On Tape|Daniel Gross|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Heck, all sports are basically weird activities if you take the time to actually examine the component parts.
We fight the sex industry in general, not its component parts.
But among the most effective fighters are those affiliated with the Nusra Front, a component of al Qaeda.Up to Speed: Five Things You Need to Know on Syria|Christopher Dickey|September 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This factor seems to jibe with our overall rankings more than any other component.Hot U.S. Cities That Offer Both Jobs and Culture Are Mostly Southern and Modest Sized|Joel Kotkin, Wendell Cox|July 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The first component part of the name of Essarhaddon, is the monogram for the god Assur.Discoveries among the Ruins of Nineveh and Babylon|Austen H. Layard
Each of these component parts bears witness to a succession of past periods.Omphalos|Philip Henry Gosse
Avowe is all one word, though its component parts were often written apart.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
We now proceed to give a detailed notice of some of the component parts of the woodland scenery, beginning with the single tree.Woodland Gleanings|Charles Tilt
There is a theory that we come back to life every so often, that some component part of us doesn't die.Helen Grant's Schooldays|Amanda M. Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for component
- one of a set of two or more vectors whose resultant is a given vector
- the projection of this given vector onto a specified line
Word Origin for component
Word Origin and History for component
1640s, "constitutional element" (earlier "one of a group of persons," 1560s), from Latin componentem (nominative componens), present participle of componere "to put together" (see composite). As an adjective, from 1660s.