element

el|e|ment
W1S2 [ˈelımənt] n
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1¦(part)¦
2 element of surprise/truth/risk/doubt etc
3¦(chemistry)¦
4¦(people)¦
5 the elements
6¦(heating)¦
7 the elements of something
8¦(earth/air/fire/water)¦
9 be in your element
10 be out of your element
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin elementum]
1.) ¦(PART)¦
one part or feature of a whole system, plan, piece of work etc, especially one that is basic or important
element of
Honesty is a vital element of her success.
element in
the primary element in the country's economy
important/key/essential/vital etc element
Besides ability, the other essential element in political success is luck.
Business and management elements are built into the course.
2.) element of surprise/truth/risk/doubt etc
an amount, usually small, of a quality or feeling
There is an element of truth in your argument.
3.) ¦(CHEMISTRY)¦
a simple chemical substance such as ↑carbon or oxygen that consists of atoms of only one kind
→↑compound1 (1)
4.) ¦(PEOPLE)¦
a group of people who form part of a larger group, especially when the rest of the group does not approve of them
→↑faction
the hard-line communist elements in the party
5.) the elements [plural]
the weather, especially bad weather
sailors battling against the elements
6.) ¦(HEATING)¦
the part of a piece of electrical equipment that produces heat
7.) the elements of sth
the most simple things that you have to learn first about a subject
She doesn't even know the basic elements of politeness.
8.) ¦(EARTH/AIR/FIRE/WATER)¦
one of the four substances (earth, air, fire, and water) from which people used to believe that everything was made
9.) be in your element
to be in a situation that you enjoy, because you are good at it
Graham was in his element, building a fire and cooking the steaks.
10.) be out of your element
to be in a situation that makes you uncomfortable or unhappy
She was out of her element in this dull little town.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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