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element British & World English

An essential or characteristic part of something abstract

element English Thesaurus

village shops are an essential element of the local community

fuel element British & World English

An element consisting of nuclear fuel and other materials for use in a reactor

radio-element British & World English

A radioactive element or isotope

sieve element British & World English

An elongated cell in the phloem of a vascular plant, in which the primary wall is perforated by pores through which water is conducted

trace element British & World English

A chemical element present only in minute amounts in a particular sample or environment

sieve tube element British & World English

A sieve element of a type present in angiosperms, a series of which are joined end to end to form sieve tubes, with sieve plates between the elements

be in one's element British & World English

Be in (or not in) a situation or environment that one particularly likes and in which one can perform well

extrachromosomal element British & World English

The DNA of a cytoplasmic organelle, such as a mitochondrion or chloroplast, responsible for cytoplasmic inheritance

be in one's element in element British & World English

Be in (or not in) a situation or environment that one particularly likes and in which one can perform well

conodont element in conodont British & World English

A tooth of the conodont, often found as a fossil

chemical element in element British & World English

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

identity element in identity British & World English

An element of a set which, if combined with another element by a specified binary operation, leaves that element unchanged

transition metal British & World English

Any of the set of metallic elements occupying a central block (Groups IVB-VIII, IB, and IIB, or 4-12) in the periodic table, e.g. iron, manganese, chromium, and copper. Chemically they show variable valency and a strong tendency to form coordination compounds, and many of their compounds are coloured

transition element in transition metal British & World English

Any of the set of metallic elements occupying a central block (Groups IVB-VIII, IB, and IIB, or 4-12) in the periodic table, e.g. iron, manganese, chromium, and copper. Chemically they show variable valency and a strong tendency to form coordination compounds, and many of their compounds are coloured

rare earth British & World English

Any of a group of chemically similar metallic elements comprising the lanthanide series and (usually) scandium and yttrium. They are not especially rare, but they tend to occur together in nature and are difficult to separate from one another

rare earth element in rare earth British & World English

Any of a group of chemically similar metallic elements comprising the lanthanide series and (usually) scandium and yttrium. They are not especially rare, but they tend to occur together in nature and are difficult to separate from one another

be in or out of one's element in element British & World English

Be in (or not in) a situation or environment that one particularly likes and in which one can perform well


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