Meaning of COMPONENT in English

COMPONENT

[ kəm'pəʊnənt ]

■ noun

1》 a part or element of a larger whole, especially a part of a machine or vehicle.

2》 Physics each of two or more forces, velocities, or other vectors acting in different directions which are together equivalent to a given vector.

■ adjective constituting part of a larger whole; constituent.

Derivatives

~ize or ~ise verb

Origin

C17: from L. ~- , componere 'put together'; cf. compound 1 .

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