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element

noun uk   us   /ˈel.ɪ.mənt/

element noun (PART)

B2 [C] a part of something: List the elements that make up a perfect dinner party. The movie had all the elements of a good thriller. We weren't even taught the elements of (= basic information about) physics at school.
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element noun (AMOUNT)

an element of sth
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C2 a small amount 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 walked quietly up to the door to preserve the element of surprise.

element noun (SIMPLE SUBSTANCE)

B2 [C] a simple substance that cannot be reduced to smaller chemical parts: Aluminium is an element.

element noun (EARTH, AIR, ETC.)

[C] earth, air, fire, and water from which people in the past believed everything else was made

element noun (WEATHER)

the elements [plural] the weather, usually bad weather: We decided to brave the elements and go for a walk (= go for a walk despite the bad weather).

element noun (ELECTRICAL PART)

[C] the part of an electrical device that produces heat: a heating element The kettle needs a new element. [C, C] (UK usually ring) a circular piece of material often made of metal that can be heated in order to be used for cooking: a gas element an electric element
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