- 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.
Origin of element
Synonyms for element
Related Words for elementfundamental, item, material, component, detail, member, matter, part, view, principle, aspect, factor, bit, piece, ingredient, basic, subdivision, trace, particle, basis
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Contemporary Examples of element
Very bass-y house, if I was in my element and playing what I like to play.Idris Elba on Eric Garner, ‘Mi Mandela,’ and Selling Weed to Dave Chappelle
December 6, 2014
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
November 5, 2014
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
October 25, 2014
George was in his element at those times, and the depth of his knowledge amazed me.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
There really is an element of falling in love with each other.How Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Pulled Off Their Most Dramatic Roles Yet
September 12, 2014
Historical Examples of element
It was an element of spasmodic conscience than he saw here, and it troubled him.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The other element in the story which Synge introduces into the play is equally true.Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
The one element Carlotta had left out of her calculations was herself.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The circumstances of war contain every element that can shake the nerves.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
In my opinion they are a ghastly nuisance; also an element of danger.The Secret Agent
- 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
c.1300, "earth, air, fire, or water," from Old French element (10c.), from Latin elementem "rudiment, first principle, matter in its most basic form" (translating Greek stoikheion), origin unknown. Meaning "simplest component of a complex substance" is late 14c. Modern sense in chemistry is from 1813. Elements "atmospheric force" is 1550s.
Word History: 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.
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.
see brave the elements; in one's element.