Definition of “chemical element” - English Dictionary


“chemical element” in English

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chemical elementnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkem.ɪ.kəl ˈel.ɪ.mənt/ us /ˌkem.ɪ.kəl ˈel.ə.mənt/

Examples from literature

  • An atom is the smallest particle of a chemical element. 
  • The chemical elements composing the natural food of ordinary crops are ten in number, viz.—carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulphur, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. 
  • The physical world is regarded as being composed of between sixty and seventy chemical elements, aggregated into an infinite variety of combinations. 
  • The reactions between two chemical elements under the same conditions are always the same. 
  • These nutritive compositions contain only such chemical elements in like chemical proportions as exist in the human body. 

(Definition of “chemical element” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)