element Definition

  • 1a part or aspect of something abstract, especially one that is essential or characteristic
  • 2a part in an electric teapot, heater, or stove that contains a wire through which an electric current flows to provide heat
  • 3one of the substances that cannot be broken down into simpler substances by chemical means

Using element: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "element" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The element of surprise was crucial to their strategy.

  • Example

    The heating element in the oven needs to be replaced.

  • Example

    Oxygen is an element that is essential for human life.

element Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with element

  • the basic principles or rudiments of a subject


    She learned the elements of music theory in her first year of college.

  • in one's element

    doing something that one is naturally suited to or skilled at


    He's in his element when he's on stage performing.

  • out of one's element

    unfamiliar or uncomfortable with a particular situation or environment


    As a city girl, she felt out of her element when she went camping in the wilderness.

Origins of element

from Latin 'elementum', meaning 'a first principle'


Summary: element in Brief

The term 'element' [ˈɛlɪmənt] refers to a fundamental part or aspect of something, such as a principle or substance. It can also refer to a part in an electric appliance that provides heat. Examples include 'The element of surprise' and 'Oxygen is an element that is essential for human life.' Phrases like 'in one's element' denote natural skill, while 'out of one's element' implies discomfort or unfamiliarity.

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