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element

noun [C]  us   /ˈel·ə·mənt/

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
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