Meaning of COMPONENT in English


— componential /kom'peuh nen"sheuhl/ , componental , adj. — componented , adj.

/keuhm poh"neuhnt, kom-/ , n.

1. a constituent part; element; ingredient.

2. a part of a mechanical or electrical system: hi-fi components.

3. Physics. the projection of a vector quantity, as force or velocity, along an axis.

4. Physical Chem. one of the set of the minimum number of chemical constituents by which every phase of a given system can be described.

5. Math.

a. a connected subset of a set, not contained in any other connected subset of the set.

b. a coordinate of a vector.

6. Ling.

a. one of the major subdivisions of a generative grammar: base component; transformational component; semantic component; phonological component. Cf. level (def. 17).

b. a feature determined by componential analysis.


7. being or serving as an element (in something larger); composing; constituent: the component parts of a computer system.

[ 1555-65; component- (s. of componens, prp. of componere to put together), equiv. to com- COM- + pon ( ere ) to put + -ent- -ENT ]

Syn. 1. See element .

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .