from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A constituent element, as of a system. See Synonyms at element.
  • n. A part of a mechanical or electrical complex.
  • n. Mathematics One of a set of two or more vectors having a sum equal to a given vector.
  • n. Any of the minimum number of substances required to specify completely the composition of all phases of a chemical system.
  • adj. Being or functioning as a constituent or an ingredient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A smaller, self-contained part of a larger entity. Often refers to a manufactured object that is part of a larger device.
  • adj. Making up a larger whole; as a component word.
  • adj. Made up of smaller complete units in combination; as a component stereo.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Serving, or helping, to form; composing; constituting; constituent.
  • n. A constituent part; an ingredient.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Composing; constituent; entering into the composition of.
  • n. A constituent part: as, quartz, feldspar, and mica are the components of granite.
  • n. 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. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. 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
  • n. something determined in relation to something that includes it
  • n. an abstract part of something


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Latin compōnēns, compōnent-, present participle of compōnere, to put together : com-, com- + pōnere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin compōnēns, present participle of compōnō ("assemble, put together").


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