Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “element”

See all translations

element

noun [C]  /ˈel·ə·mənt/ us  

element noun [C] (PART)

one of the parts of something that makes it work, or a quality that makes someone or something effective: the heating element of a toaster Having a second income is an important element for most home buyers. They had all the elements of a great team.

element noun [C] (AMOUNT)

a small amount or degree: There was an element of truth in what she said, but it was an exaggeration.

element noun [C] (SUBSTANCE)

chemistry, physics a substance that cannot be reduced to smaller chemical parts and that has an atom different from that of any other substance
(Definition of element from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of element?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “element” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

white Christmas

a Christmas when it snows

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More