- 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
Examples from the Web for elements
The approach was of a piece with other elements of national strategy.Why Did We Panic After 9/11 and Ignore All We Knew About Responding to Security Threats?|Deborah Pearlstein|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But there was a lot more to Turner than a masochistic mission to understand the elements.
It has all the elements necessary for drama, controversy, and suspense.
And the onslaught of the elements has helped raise tensions to the point where a new explosion is expected any day.
His main opponent is linked closely to the pro-Russian elements in the country.
Now, clean-ness, or neat-ness, is one of the elements that make hypocoristic terms (or terms of endearment) applicable.Opuscula|Robert Gordon Latham
Strewn among the elements can be seen men, plants, and animals.
All nature was serene and the profoundest peace held dominion over all the elements.The Black Phalanx|Joseph T. Wilson
Both of these elements govern a well-regulated household, and both should sway the political destinies of the entire human family.
Beaw is the divine helper of man in his struggle with the elements.Beowulf|R. W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for elements
- 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
Word Origin and History for elements
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.
Medicine definitions for elements
Science definitions for elements
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.
Culture definitions for elements
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 elements
see brave the elements; in one's element.