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Element
See also: Element and élément

English

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Etymology

From Middle English element, from Old French element, from Latin elementum ("a first principle, element, rudiment") (see further etymology there).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: ?l'?m?nt, IPA(key): /'el.?.m?nt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: el?e?ment

Noun

element (plural elements)

  1. 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.
    1. (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.
    2. One of the four basic building blocks of matter in theories of ancient philosophers and alchemists: water, earth, fire, and air.
    3. (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.
    4. (set theory) One of the objects in a set.
    5. Any of the teeth of a zip fastener.
  2. 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.
  3. (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!
  4. (plural only, with "the") Atmospheric forces such as strong winds and rains.
    exposed to the elements
  5. A place or state of being that an individual or object is best suited to.
    to be in one's element
  6. (Christianity, usually in the plural) The bread and wine taken at Holy Communion.
  7. A group of people within a larger group having a particular common characteristic.
    You sometimes find the hooligan element at football matches.
  8. 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.
  9. (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.

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Verb

element (third-person singular simple present elements, present participle elementing, simple past and past participle elemented)

  1. (obsolete) To compound of elements.
    • 1661, Robert Boyle, The Sceptical Chymist:
      elemented bodies
    • 1681, Maunyngham, Disc., page 89:
      thou art elemented and organed
  2. (obsolete) To constitute and be the elements of.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Donne, Poems, page 41:
      those things which elemented [love]
    • 1658, Izaak Walton, Life of Donne:
      His very soul was elemented of nothing but sadness.

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Further reading

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.

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Catalan

Etymology

From Latin elementum.

Pronunciation

Noun

element m (plural elements)

  1. element (clarification of this definition is needed)

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Crimean Tatar

Etymology

From Latin elementum

Noun

element

  1. element.

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References

  • Mirjejev, V. A.; Usejinov, S. M. (2002) Ukrajins?ko-kryms?kotatars?kyj slovnyk [Ukrainian - Crimean Tatar Dictionary]‎[1], Simferopol: Dolya, ->ISBN

Danish

Noun

element n (singular definite elementet, plural indefinite elementer)

  1. (set theory) element

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Dutch

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nl

Etymology

From Old French element, from Latin elementum ("a first principle, element, rudiment") (see further etymology there).

Pronunciation

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ele?ment
  • Rhymes: -?nt

Noun

element n (plural elementen, diminutive elementje n)

  1. element
  2. (chemistry) element
  3. (set theory) element

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Norwegian Bokmål

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

Etymology

From Latin elementum

Noun

element n (definite singular elementet, indefinite plural element or elementer, definite plural elementa or elementene)

  1. an element

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology

From Latin elementum

Noun

element n (definite singular elementet, indefinite plural element, definite plural elementa)

  1. an element

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Polish

Pronunciation

Noun

element m inan

  1. element (component, piece of a larger whole)
  2. (derogatory, dated) element (group of people)
    Wieczorami w knajpie zbiera? si? podejrzany element.
    In the evenings, suspicious element congregated in the pub.

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Serbo-Croatian

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Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /el?ment/
  • Hyphenation: e?le?ment

Noun

elèment m (Cyrillic spelling ?)

  1. element

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Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

element n

  1. element; basic building block of matter in ancient philosophy
  2. element; a place or state of being that an individual or object is better suited towards
  3. elements; forces of weather
  4. element; an object in a set
  5. (mathematics) element of a matrix
  6. heating element, radiator
  7. (computing) element; object in markup language

Declension

Declension of element 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative element elementet element elementen
Genitive elements elementets elements elementens

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Turkish

Etymology

From German Element.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [?.le.'ment]
  • Hyphenation: e?le?ment

Noun

element (definite accusative elementi, plural elementler)

  1. (chemistry) element

Declension

Inflection
Nominative element
Definite accusative elementi
Singular Plural
Nominative element elementler
Definite accusative elementi elementleri
Dative elemente elementlere
Locative elementte elementlerde
Ablative elementten elementlerden
Genitive elementin elementlerin

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