[kuh m-poh-nuh nt, kom-] /kəmˈpoʊ nənt, kɒm-/
a constituent part; element; ingredient.
a part of a mechanical or electrical system:
Physics. the projection of a vector quantity, as force or velocity, along an axis.
Physical Chemistry. one of the set of the minimum number of chemical constituents by which every phase of a given system can be described.
being or serving as an element (in something larger); ; constituent:
the component parts of a computer system.
a constituent part or aspect of something more complex: a component of a car
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
one of the minimum number of chemically distinct constituents necessary to describe fully the composition of each phase in a system See phase rule
forming or functioning as a part or aspect; constituent
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.
noun, Linguistics. 1. the analysis of a set of related linguistic items, especially word meanings, into combinations of features in terms of which each item may be compared with every other, as in the analysis of man into the semantic features “male,” “mature,” and “human,” woman into “female,” “mature,” and “human,” girl into “female,” “immature,” […]
- Component integration laboratories
project (CIL) An effort to create a common framework for interoperability between application programs on desktop platforms, formed by Apple Computer, Inc., IBM, Novell, Oracle, Taligent, WordPerfect and Xerox. [When? What happened?] (1994-10-24)
- Component object model
programming (COM) An open software architecture from DEC and Microsoft, allowing interoperation between ObjectBroker and OLE. Microsoft evolved COM into DCOM. On page XV of Box’s book in the foreword by Charlie Kindel he says, “It is Mark Ryland’s fault that some people call COM the ‘Common Object Model.’ He deeply regrets it and apologizes […]
- Component of complement
component of complement com·po·nent of complement (kəm-pō’nənt) n. Any one of the nine distinct protein units (designated C1 through C9) that are responsible for the immunological activities associated with complement.