What is element?

  • (noun): One of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe.
    Example: "The alchemists believed that there were four elements"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on element, elements:

Systematic Element Name
... A systematic element name is the temporary name and symbol assigned to newly synthesized and not yet synthesized chemical elements ... In chemistry, a transuranic element receives a permanent name and symbol only after its synthesis has been confirmed ... a protracted and highly political process (see element naming controversy) ...
Trace - Physical Sciences
... Trace radioisotope, an element that is found in small quantities because it undergoes radioactive decay Trace evidence, material found at a crime scene Trace element, in geochemistry, an element which composes less ...
Element - Philosophy
... Alchemical elements, the components of the universe, expressed in their Aristotelian forms as fire, earth, air, wood, and water Bhūta are five elements in Hinduism The Classical elements, the ...
OpenMath - Example
... this in OpenMath (the representation is an expression tree made up from functional elements like OMA for function application or OMV for variables) 4. 2 ... elements like — stand for mathematical functions that are applied to sibling expressions in an OMA which are interpreted as arguments ... The OMS element is a generic extension element that means whatever is specified in the content dictionary referred to in the cd attribute (this document can be found at the URI specified in the innermost cdbase ...
Van Emde Boas Tree - How It Works - FindNext
... The operation FindNext(T, x) that searches for the successor of an element x in a vEB tree proceeds as follows If x≤T.min then the search is complete, and the answer is T.min ... If x>T.max then the next element does not exist, return M ... This gives us the index j of the first subtree that contains an element larger than x ...

More definitions of "element":

  • (noun): A straight line that generates a cylinder or cone.
  • (noun): The most favorable environment for a plant or animal.
    Example: "Water is the element of fishes"
  • (noun): The situation in which you are happiest and most effective.
    Example: "In your element"
  • (noun): 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.
    Example: "A component or constituent element of a system"
    Synonyms: component, constituent
  • (noun): Any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter.
    Synonyms: chemical element

Famous quotes containing the word element:

    Cranks live by theory, not by pure desire. They want votes, peace, nuts, liberty, and spinning-looms not because they love these things, as a child loves jam, but because they think they ought to have them. That is one element which makes the crank.
    Rose Macaulay (1881–1958)

    I think it is a wise course for laborers to unite to defend their interests.... I think the employer who declines to deal with organized labor and to recognize it as a proper element in the settlement of wage controversies is behind the times.... Of course, when organized labor permits itself to sympathize with violent methods or undue duress, it is not entitled to our sympathy.
    William Howard Taft (1857–1930)

    All forms of beauty, like all possible phenomena, contain an element of the eternal and an element of the transitory—of the absolute and of the particular. Absolute and eternal beauty does not exist, or rather it is only an abstraction creamed from the general surface of different beauties. The particular element in each manifestation comes from the emotions: and just as we have our own particular emotions, so we have our own beauty.
    Charles Baudelaire (1821–1867)