Meaning of COMPONENT in English

COMPONENT

I. kəm-ˈpō-nənt, ˈkäm-ˌ, käm-ˈ noun

Etymology: Latin component-, componens, present participle of componere to put together — more at compound

Date: 1645

1. : a constituent part : ingredient

an important component of the program

stereo component s

2.

a. : any one of the vector terms added to form a vector sum or resultant

b. : a coordinate of a vector ; also : either member of an ordered pair of numbers

Synonyms: see element

• com·po·nen·tial ˌkäm-pə-ˈnen(t)-shəl adjective

II. adjective

Date: 1664

: serving or helping to constitute : constituent

component parts

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