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Noun: component  kum'pow-nunt
  1. An abstract part of something
    "jealousy was a component of his character";
    - constituent, element, factor, ingredient
     
  2. Something determined in relation to something that includes it
    "the smaller component is hard to reach"; "he wanted to feel a component part of something bigger than himself";
    - part, portion, component part, constituent
     
  3. 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";
    - constituent, element
     
  4. (technical) the magnitude of a vector in a specified basis direction
Adjective: component  kum'pow-nunt
  1. Being a part of something, esp. part of the physical structure
    - constituent, constitutional, constitutive

Derived forms: components

See also: essential

Type of: division, part, portion, relation, section

Part of: meronymy, part to whole relation

Encyclopedia: Component