- 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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Origin of element
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OTHER WORDS FROM elementin·ter·el·e·ment, adjective, nounsub·el·e·ment, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for 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|Marlow Stern|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Anne Marie was in her element, jabbering away in heavily accented Liberian English, the center of attention.
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
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|Gary Wright|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|September 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As for Pierre, he was now in his element, sniffing the battle like a young warhorse, and forgetful of the odds against him.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage|Charles G. D. Roberts
Each letter represents a fixed quantity of the element for which it stands, viz., the atomic weight.Logic|Carveth Read
Although there is an element of truth in this, yet it is useless as a support for the theory of Japanese "impersonality."Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic|Sidney L. Gulick
The Chinese element was brought over by contract for working on sugar plantations.Industrial Cuba|Robert P. Porter
The number ε is a definite quantity of the element, and is called its electrochemical equivalent.Lord Kelvin|Andrew Gray
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
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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.
Idioms and Phrases with element
see brave the elements; in one's element.