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element

noun
 
 
/ˈelɪmənt/
PART [C] B2 a part of something: This book has all the elements of a good detective story.Words meaning parts of things
an element of sth a small amount of an emotion or quality: There's an element of truth in what she says.General words for size and amount
PEOPLE [C] a group of people of a particular type: The disruptive element on the committee voted against the proposal.Groups of people
SIMPLE SUBSTANCE [C] B2 a simple substance which cannot be reduced to smaller chemical parts: Iron is one of the elements of the Earth's crust.Chemical elements
HEAT [C] the part of a piece of electrical equipment that produces heatElectrical components and circuitry
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