component

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n component an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system "spare components for cars","a component or constituent element of a system"
    • n component an abstract part of something "jealousy was a component of his character","two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony","the grammatical elements of a sentence","a key factor in her success","humor: an effective ingredient of a speech"
    • n component something determined in relation to something that includes it "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself","I read a portion of the manuscript","the smaller component is hard to reach","the animal constituent of plankton"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average cup of coffee contains more than 1000 different chemical components, none of which is tasted in isolation but only as part of the overall flavor.
    • n Component A constituent part; an ingredient.
    • a Component Serving, or helping, to form; composing; constituting; constituent. "The component parts of natural bodies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Queen Mary - the grandest vessel of her day - had many of her vital components made by car manufacturer Skoda
    • component Composing; constituent; entering into the composition of.
    • n component A constituent part: as, quartz, feldspar, and mica are the components of granite.
    • n component In mech., one of the parts of a strain, velocity, acceleration, force, etc., out of which the whole may be compounded by the principle of the parallelogram of forces, etc.—that is, by geometrical addition. See composition of forces (under composition), parallelogram of forces (under force), and resolution.
    • n component A part of a whole which is so combined with other parts as to modify its distinctive character; especially, in logic, an internal part or part of comprehension; a notion contained in a complex notion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Component kom-pō′nent making up: forming one of the elements of a compound
    • n Component one of the elements of a compound
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Quotations

  • Abraham H. Maslow
    Abraham H. Maslow
    “The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. componens, p. pr. of componere,. See Compound (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

The civilian components of the policy group looked not one whit better.
"Cum Grano Salis" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The regular recognizes as his peer and comrade the officer from any of the civilian components.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
The components of this group had each served his apprenticeship in the blinds or the cover.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
A term sometimes used to distinguish the smaller component of a double star.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Lance Cooper made one final check of all the ship's operating components; then crossed his fingers and cut in the hype-drive.
"Next Door, Next World" by Robert Donald Locke
Look at it well, making out everything that you see, and distinguishing each component part of the effect.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
But you must not suppose that a knowledge of the component parts of a body will in every case enable us to imitate it.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
Velocities in linkages were determined by orthogonal components transferred from link to link.
"Kinematics of Mechanisms from the Time of Watt" by Eugene S. Ferguson
To help us to understand a work of art in all the components that entered into the making of it is the function of historical study.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
Components of a one-blade, sash sawmill.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
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In news:

Follow the NEMA environmental rating for the area for all components in the panel.
Process-critical components and valves are Teflon coated.
Pacific Design Technologies Inc in Goleta contributed several major components to NASA 's latest Mars rover, Curiosity, which landed safely August 5 on the Red Planet's Gale Crater.
We all know that the main enemy to computer components' lifespan and performance is heat.
Unfortunately, radiators and cooling-system components qualify for afterthought status until there's a problem.
A cooling tower is only as good as the details of its design and the specification of its supporting components.
Shaft couplings are critical parts of any power transmission system, providing the smooth transfer of power from one component to another.
Kyocera produces its solar modules without procuring any semi-finished components in its fully integrated production process.
Beginning in the 1970s, electronics manufacturers started to use mass produced components and then integrated circuits to drive down the cost of devices.
Enhancing the good components and removing the unhealthy ones may prevent disease.
FTW Racing Components issued an authoritative response to the overwhelming demand for a short course body built with pure FTW DNA.
This straightforward approach shows how to match the impedances of high-frequency, differential devices both with discrete components and microstrip circuit elements.
The measured dimension is the change in the position of the two sensing components.
The parasympathetic state, known as the "rest and digest " mode, is also an important component of digestion .
There is a component in our skin cell DNA called melanin that determines skin pigmentation or the lack thereof.
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In science:

If this consists of r pairings of components of Ai with components of Aj , then there must be a0 − r pairings of components of Ai with Bj , a0 − r pairings of components of Aj with Bi and m − a0 + r pairings of Bi with Bj , where necessarily max(a0 − m, 0) ≤ r ≤ a0 .
Estimation of fractal dimension for a class of Non-Gaussian stationary processes and fields
We compute the isolated components of the original ideal, showing that there is only one component that could correspond to probability distributions, and relate the algebra and geometry of the main component to that of the Segre embedding.
Random Variables with Completely Independent Subcollections
The P (k)s are chosen so that there exists a large connected component (giant component) containing almost all nodes, nodes not in the giant component are discarded when calculating the magnetisation since the solution methods described above are for the giant component only.
Potts Model On Random Trees
Also, the longest possible path, l = k − 1, corresponds to a linear (chain-like) component, and the density of such components, pk−1,k = t k−1e−kt , decays exponentially with length, so that such components are typically small.
Kinetic Theory of Random Graphs
On the other hand, if c > 1, then G(n, c/n) contains almost surely a unique component of size linear in n (the so called giant component), while all other components are at most logarithmic in size.
Pseudo-random graphs
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