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component

[ kuhm-poh-nuhnt, kom- ]
/ kəmˈpoʊ nənt, kɒm- /
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noun

adjective

being or serving as an element (in something larger); composing; constituent: the component parts of a computer system.

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Origin of component

First recorded in 1555–65; from Latin compōnent- (stem of compōnēns, present participle of compōnere “to put together”), equivalent to com- com- + pōn(ere) “to put” + -ent- -ent
1. See element.
com·po·nen·tial [kom-puh-nen-shuhl], /ˌkɒm pəˈnɛn ʃəl/, com·po·nen·tal, adjectivecom·po·nent·ed, adjectivesub·com·po·nent, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for component

component
/ (kəmˈpəʊnənt) /

noun

a constituent part or aspect of something more complexa component of a car
Also called: element any electrical device, such as a resistor, that has distinct electrical characteristics and that may be connected to other electrical devices to form a circuit
maths
  1. one of a set of two or more vectors whose resultant is a given vector
  2. the projection of this given vector onto a specified line
one of the minimum number of chemically distinct constituents necessary to describe fully the composition of each phase in a systemSee phase rule

adjective

forming or functioning as a part or aspect; constituent
componential (ˌkɒmpəˈnɛnʃəl), adjective
C17: from Latin compōnere to put together, from pōnere to place, put
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