Component



[kuh m-poh-nuh nt, kom-] /kəmˈpoʊ nənt, kɒm-/

noun
1.
a constituent part; element; ingredient.
2.
a part of a mechanical or electrical system:
hi-fi components.
3.
Physics. the projection of a vector quantity, as force or velocity, along an axis.
4.
Physical Chemistry. one of the set of the minimum number of chemical constituents by which every phase of a given system can be described.
5.
Mathematics.

6.
Linguistics.

adjective
7.
being or serving as an element (in something larger); ; constituent:
the component parts of a computer system.
/kəmˈpəʊnənt/
noun
1.
a constituent part or aspect of something more complex: a component of a car
2.
Also called element. any electrical device, such as a resistor, that has distinct electrical characteristics and that may be connected to other electrical devices to form a circuit
3.
(maths)

4.
one of the minimum number of chemically distinct constituents necessary to describe fully the composition of each phase in a system See phase rule
adjective
5.
forming or functioning as a part or aspect; constituent
n.

1640s, “constitutional element” (earlier “one of a group of persons,” 1560s), from Latin componentem (nominative componens), present participle of componere “to put together” (see composite). As an adjective, from 1660s.

programming
An object adhering to a component architecture.
(1997-11-20)

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