Meaning of ELEMENT in English
( n. )
One of the ultimate parts which are variously combined in anything; as, letters are the elements of written language; hence, also, a simple portion of that which is complex, as a shaft, lever, wheel, or any simple part in a machine; one of the essential ingredients of any mixture; a constituent part; as, quartz, feldspar, and mica are the elements of granite.
Webster's Revised Unabridged English Dictionary. Пересмотренный полный словарь английского языка Webster. 2012