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German translation of “element”

element

noun /ˈeləmənt/
an essential part of anything
der Grundbestandteil
Sound teaching of grammar is one of the elements of a good education.
a substance that cannot be split by chemical means into simpler substances
das Element
Hydrogen, chlorine, iron and uranium are elements.
surroundings necessary for life
das (Lebens-)Element
Water is a fish’s natural element.
a slight amount
das Fünkchen
There is an element of doubt in my mind.
the heating part in an electric kettle etc.
das Heizelement
elementary /-ˈmen-/ adjective very simple; not advanced
grundlegend
elementary mathematics.
elements noun plural the first things to be learned in any subject
die Grundlage
the elements of musical theory.
the forces of nature, as wind and rain.
Naturkräfte (pl.)
The hut provided protection from the elements.
in one’s element in the surroundings that are most natural or pleasing to one.
in seinem Element sein
The actor is clearly in his element paying this role.
(Definition of element from the Password English-German Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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