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Meaning of “element” in the English Dictionary

"element" in British English

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elementnoun

uk   us   /ˈel.ɪ.mənt/
  • element noun (PART)

B2 [C] a ​part of something: List the elements that make up a ​perfectdinnerparty. The ​movie had all the elements of a good ​thriller. We weren't ​eventaught the elements of (= ​basicinformation about)physics at ​school.

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  • element noun (AMOUNT)

an element of sth

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C2 a ​smallamount of an ​emotion or ​quality: There was ​certainly an element of ​truth in what she said. Don't you ​think there's an element of ​jealousy in all of this? We ​walkedquietly up to the ​door to ​preserve the element of ​surprise.
  • element noun (WEATHER)

the elements [plural] the ​weather, usually ​badweather: We ​decided to brave the elements and go for a ​walk (= go for a ​walkdespite the ​badweather).
  • element noun (ELECTRICAL PART)

[C] the ​part of an ​electricaldevice that ​producesheat: a ​heating element The ​kettleneeds a new element. [C, C] (UK usually ring) a ​circularpiece of ​material often made of ​metal that can be ​heated in ​order to be used for ​cooking: a ​gas element an ​electric element
(Definition of element from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"element" in American English

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elementnoun [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 ​homebuyers. They had all the elements of a ​greatteam.
  • element noun [C] (AMOUNT)

a ​smallamount 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 ​smallerchemicalparts and that has an ​atom different from that of any other ​substance
(Definition of element from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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