- 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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Contemporary Examples of 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?
December 18, 2014
But there was a lot more to Turner than a masochistic mission to understand the elements.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
It has all the elements necessary for drama, controversy, and suspense.Amanda Knox: A Mother’s Obsession
November 26, 2014
And the onslaught of the elements has helped raise tensions to the point where a new explosion is expected any day.Ukraine Could Explode in the Next 48 Hours
November 10, 2014
But for reasons we may never fully know, elements of the Bush White House did not want to acknowledge their existence.George W. Bush’s Puzzling WMD Coverup
Rick Santorum, Pete Hoekstra
October 27, 2014
Historical Examples of elements
It was a very serious thing for the elements when they got into Aunt Jane's diary.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It is the one thing that has in it the elements of life, of a new life, Vita Nuova for me.De Profundis
There were forebodings, also, of a more fearful tempest than those of the elements.Old News
The forest fairly rocked under the convulsion of the elements.In the Valley
No mechanic has a set of customers so trustworthy as God and the elements.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- 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.