Middle English , from element Old French , from element Latin elementum ( " a first principle, element, rudiment " ) (see further etymology there).
enPR: ?l'?m?nt, (: key) /'el.?.m?nt/
element ( plural )
elements One of the simplest or essential
parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.
Letters are the elements of written language. (Can we ( date this quote by Benjamin Jowett and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) Thucydides)
The simplicity which is so large an element in a noble nature was laughed to scorn.
( chemistry ) Any one of the simplest chemical substances that cannot be decomposed in a chemical reaction or by any chemical means and made up of atoms all having the same number of protons. One of the four basic building blocks of
matter in theories of ancient philosophers and alchemists: water, earth, fire, and air.
( law ) A required aspect or component of a cause of action. A deed is regarded as a violation of law only if each element can be proved.
( set theory ) One of the objects in a set. Any of the teeth of a zip fastener. A small part of the whole.
an element of doubt; an element of the picture 1927, F. E. Penny, chapter 4, in : Pulling the Strings The case was that of a murder. It had an element of mystery about it, however, which was puzzling the authorities. A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff.
( obsolete ) The sky.
1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 69:
Sometimes, solitude is of all things my wish; and the awful silence of the night, the spangled element, and the rising and setting sun, how promotive of contemplation!
( plural only , with "the" ) Atmospheric forces such as strong winds and rains.
exposed to the elements A place or state of being that an individual or object is best suited to.
to be in one's element
( Christianity , usually in the plural ) The bread and wine taken at Holy Communion. A group of people within a larger group having a particular common characteristic.
You sometimes find the hooligan element at football matches. A component in electrical equipment, often in the form of a coil, having a high
resistance, thereby generating heat when a current is passed through it.
The element in this electric kettle can heat the water in under a minute. ( computing ) One of the conceptual objects in a markup language, usually represented in text by tags.
2011, Richard Wagner, Creating Web Pages All-in-One For Dummies: The div element was introduced into HTML as a solution to the layout problem.
simplest or essential part or principle of anything
? m ( element ) Malay:
p?motu (mi) Middle Persian:
[script needed] ( z?hk' /z?hag/ ), [script needed] ( lstk' /rastag/ ), [script needed] ( ?myc?n' /?m?zi?n/ ) Mongolian:
? ( element ) Navajo:
Bokmål: element (no) n Occitan:
element m Pali:
? (ps) m ( tukáy ), ? (ps) m ( ansór ) Persian:
? (fa) ( 'onsor ), (fa) ( ?x ) Polish:
pierwiastek (pl) , m element (pl) Portuguese:
fundamento (pt) , m fundamento (pt) m Romanian:
element (ro) , n elemente n pl Russian:
(ru) m ( elemént ), (ru) n ( zvenó ), ? (ru) f ( sostavnája ?ast? ) Sanskrit:
? (sa) m ( dh?tu ) Serbo-Croatian:
? m Roman: element (sh) m Slovak:
prvok (sk) , m element (sk) m Slovene:
element m Spanish:
elemento (es) m Swahili:
elementi (sw) Swedish:
element (sv) Tagalog:
elemento , (tl) mulhagi Tajik:
? (tg) ( element ), (tg) ( unsur ) Thai:
? (th) ( tâat ) Turkish:
ö?e , (tr) eleman , (tr) unsur (tr) Turkmen:
(uk) m ( elemént ) Urdu:
? (ur) ( 'unsur ) Uyghur:
( unsur ), ( ëlëmënt ) Uzbek:
element , (uz) unsur (uz) Vietnamese:
y?u t? ( (vi) ) Welsh:
elfen (cy) f Yiddish: ? ( element )
chemistry: simplest chemical substance
alchemy: one of the four basic building blocks
place or state of being that an individual or object is better suited towards
law: component of a cause of action
set theory: object in a set
group of people with a common characteristic
computing: conceptual object in a markup language
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element ( third-person singular simple present , elements present participle , elementing simple past and past participle )
( obsolete ) To compound of elements.
1661, Robert Boyle, The Sceptical Chymist:
elemented bodies 1681, Maunyngham, Disc., page 89:
thou art elemented and organed ( obsolete ) To constitute and be the elements of.
(Can we , Donne, date this quote?) Poems, page 41:
those things which elemented [love] 1658, Izaak Walton, Life of Donne:
His very soul was elemented of nothing but sadness.
References Lehmann, R.G. (2011). "27-30-22-26 - How many letters needs an alphabet?". In de Voogt, A.; Quack, J.F. The Idea of Writing: Writing Across Borders. Brill. pp. 15-16, note 8.
element ( m plural )
elements element (clarification of this definition is needed)
References Mirjejev, V. A.; Usejinov, S. M. (2002) Ukrajins?ko-kryms?kotatars?kyj slovnyk [ Ukrainian - Crimean Tatar Dictionary] , Simferopol: Dolya,  ->ISBN
element ( n singular definite , elementet plural indefinite )
elementer ( set theory ) element
Old French , from element Latin elementum ( " a first principle, element, rudiment " ) (see further etymology there).
ele?ment Rhymes: -?nt
element ( n plural , elementen diminutive elementje )
( chemistry ) element ( set theory ) element
element ( n definite singular , elementet indefinite plural element or , elementer definite plural elementa or )
elementene an element
element ( n definite singular , elementet indefinite plural , element definite plural )
elementa an element
element ( component, piece of a larger whole ) ( derogatory , dated ) element ( group of people )
Wieczorami w knajpie zbiera? si? podejrzany
element. In the evenings, suspicious element congregated in the pub.
(: key) /el?ment/ Hyphenation: e?le?ment
elèment ( m Cyrillic spelling )
element; basic building block of matter in ancient philosophy element; a place or state of being that an individual or object is better suited towards
elements; forces of weather element; an object in a set
( mathematics ) element of a matrix
heating element, radiator ( computing ) element; object in markup language
(: key) [?.le.'ment] Hyphenation: e?le?ment
element ( definite accusative , elementi plural )
elementler ( chemistry ) element