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1a part or aspect of something abstract, especially one that is essential or characteristic:the death had all the elements of a great tabloid story there are four elements to the proposal a small but significant presence of a feeling or abstract quality:it was the element of danger he loved in flying
) the rudiments of a branch of knowledge:legal training may include the elements of economics and political science
[usually with modifier]
) a group of people of a particular kind within a larger group or organization:extreme right-wing elements in the army
& Logic an entity that is a single member of a set.
2 (also chemical element) each of more than one hundred substances that cannot be chemically interconverted or broken down into simpler substances and are primary constituents of matter. Each element is distinguished by its atomic number, i.e., the number of protons in the nuclei of its atoms. any of the four substances (earth, water, air, and fire) regarded as the fundamental constituents of the world in ancient and medieval philosophy. one of the four substances (earth, water, air, or fire) considered as a person’s or animal’s natural environment:for the islanders, the sea is their kingdom, water their element
) the weather, especially strong winds, heavy rain, and other kinds of bad weather:there was no barrier against the elements
) (in church use) the bread and wine of the Eucharist.
3a part in an electric teapot, heater, or stove that contains a wire through which an electric current is passed to provide heat. on some electric typewriters, a ball with raised letters that print when the keys are pressed.