- atmospheric agencies or forces; weather: a ruddy complexion from exposure to the elements.
- the rudimentary principles of an art, science, etc.: the elements of grammar.
- the bread and wine of the Eucharistic service.
- an infinitesimal part of a given quantity, similar in nature to it.
- an entity that satisfies all the conditions of belonging to a given set.
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The word element actually has 15 definitions, it has meanings beyond science.
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What is a basic definition of element?
An element is a substance that cannot be separated into simpler substances through chemistry. An element is also an important component of something or a natural habitat. Element has many other senses as a noun.
In chemistry, an element is something that cannot be broken down any further. If you have taken a chemistry class, you’ve likely seen the periodic table, which displays all the known chemical elements. The study and measuring of elements is one of the central focuses of the scientific field of chemistry. For example, water (H2O) is made of the elements hydrogen and oxygen. We can split water into hydrogen and oxygen, but we cannot use chemistry to split oxygen or hydrogen into anything else.
- Real-life examples: The substances we know as carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, calcium, and gold are examples of elements.
- Used in a sentence: Ammonia is made of the elements nitrogen and hydrogen.
Outside of science, an element is a main component or ingredient of something, as bricks would be for a brick wall, for example. The words elemental and elementary are sometimes used in a similar sense to describe things that are the simplest principles or basic components of something.
- Real-life examples: Peanut butter, jelly, and bread are the elements of a PB&J sandwich. Cement and water are elements of concrete. Tires, brakes, and an engine are elements of a functioning vehicle.
- Used in a sentence: Love and trust are elements of a strong relationship.
An element can also be a place where someone or something feels comfortable or naturally wants to be. In terms of people, we say a person is “in their element” when they are doing something they are really good at or in a situation that they really enjoy.
- Real-life examples: A kitchen is the element of a professional chef. A surfer is in their element at a beach with a lot of big waves. The rainforest is the element of jaguars.
- Used in a sentence: The supermodel was in his element while posing for pictures during the movie premiere.
Where does element come from?
The first records of element come from around 1250. It ultimately comes from the Latin elementum, meaning “one of the four elements” or “rudiment.”
In early history, it was thought that all of creation was made of four basic things: earth, air, fire, and water. The word elementum referred to these substances.
Today, we know that creation is actually more complicated, but we sometimes still use the word element to refer to these substances, particularly in fantasy stories and other works of fiction.
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What are some other forms related to element?
- interelement (adjective, noun)
- subelement (noun)
What are some synonyms for element?
What are some words that share a root or word element with element?
What are some words that often get used in discussing element?
How is element used in real life?
Element is a word often used in reference to chemistry or a main component of something.
Correction: Contrary to popular belief, sleeping on your periodic table will NOT help you memorize the elements.
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Hugh Jackman is best known for the X-Men movies, but he was really in his element in Les Miserables
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How to use element in a sentence
Also spending on other, and different, elements of the campaign.Trump and his campaign try to allay concerns about trailing Biden in television ads|Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Only the Soviet Union has successfully landed on the Venusian surface—its Venera 13 lander functioned for 127 minutes before succumbing to the elements in 1982.We need to go to Venus as soon as possible|Neel Patel|September 16, 2020|MIT Technology Review
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To do this, the team analyzed isotopes — different forms of an element — of carbon and nitrogen in the diamonds, as well as isotopes of oxygen in the inclusions.Earth’s rarest diamonds form from primordial carbon in the mantle|Carolyn Gramling|September 14, 2020|Science News
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Anne Marie was in her element, jabbering away in heavily accented Liberian English, the center of attention.The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola|Sarah Crowe|November 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The public cheered Holmes when she broke away from Cruise with a similar element of challenge and ingenuity.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?|Tim Teeman|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Regrow limbs, cure cancer, or rock a killer outfit à la Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element.I Want My Damn Hoverboard! 12 Movie Inventions That Should Exist|Rich Goldstein|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And now there was added to this devotion an element of indefinable anxiety which made its vigilance unceasing.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
That he might lose his head and 'introduce an element of sex' was conscience confessing that it had been already introduced.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
This element of symbolic indication will be found to run through the whole of childish drawing.Children's Ways|James Sully
At once dignified, solemn, and impressive, it combined every element of grandeur.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
His good sense showed him how large an element of injustice entered into these hostilities.Bastien Lepage|Fr. Crastre
British Dictionary definitions for element
- any of the terms in a determinant or matrix
- one of the infinitesimally small quantities summed by an integral, often represented by the expression following the integral signin ʃ b a f( x) d x, f( x )d x is an element of area
Word Origin for element
Scientific definitions for element
When Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev devised the Periodic Table in 1869, there were 63 known elements, which he classified by atomic weight, and arranged a table listing them with vertical rows corresponding to shared chemical characteristics. Gaps in the table suggested the possibility of elements not yet discovered, and indeed elements were later discovered, or in some cases, artificially created, that filled the gaps and had the expected chemical properties. The striking correlation between the atomic weight of an element and its chemical properties was later explained by quantum mechanical theories of the atom. The weight of an atom of any given element depends on the number of protons (and neutrons) in its nucleus, but the number of protons also determines the number and arrangement of electrons that can orbit the nucleus, and it is these outer shells of electrons that largely determine the element's chemical properties.
Cultural definitions for element
In chemistry, any material (such as carbon, hydrogen, iron, or oxygen) that cannot be broken down into more fundamental substances. Each chemical element has a specific type of atom, and chemical compounds are created when atoms of different elements are bound together into molecules. There are 119 chemical elements whose discovery has been claimed; 92 occur in nature, and the rest have been produced in laboratories.
Other Idioms and Phrases with element
see brave the elements; in one's element.