Component meaning

kəm-pō'nənt
The definition of component means one part of a whole thing.

An example of a component is the CD player in a stereo system.

An example of a component is an ingredient in a recipe.

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A constituent element, as of a system.
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Being or functioning as a constituent or an ingredient.
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Made up of smaller complete units in combination; as a component stereo.
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One of a set of two or more vectors having a sum equal to a given vector.
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Serving as one of the parts of a whole; constituent.
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One element of a larger system. A hardware component can be a device as small as a transistor or as large as a disk drive as long as it is part of a larger system. Software components are routines or modules within a larger system. See component software and component video.
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Making up a larger whole; as a component word.
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A part of a mechanical or electrical complex.
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A smaller, self-contained part of a larger entity. Often refers to a manufactured object that is part of a larger device.

A CPU is a component of a computer.

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Any of the elements into which a vector quantity, as force or velocity, may be resolved: any vector is the sum of its components.
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Origin of component

  • From Latin compōnēns compōnent- present participle of compōnere to put together com- com- pōnere to put apo- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin compōnēns, present participle of compōnō (“assemble, put together”).
    From Wiktionary