What is element?

  • (noun): Any of the more than 100 known substances (of which 92 occur naturally) that cannot be separated into simpler substances and that singly or in combination constitute all matter.
    Synonyms: chemical element
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on element, elements:

Systematic Element Name
... A systematic element name is the temporary name and symbol assigned to newly synthesized and not yet synthesized chemical elements ... In chemistry, a transuranic element receives a permanent name and symbol only after its synthesis has been confirmed ... and highly political process (see element naming controversy) ...
Trace - Physical Sciences
... Trace radioisotope, an element that is found in small quantities because it undergoes radioactive decay Trace evidence, material found at a crime scene Trace element, in geochemistry, an element which composes ...
Element - Philosophy
... Alchemical elements, the components of the universe, expressed in their Aristotelian forms as fire, earth, air, wood, and water Bhūta are five elements in Hinduism The Classical elements ...
Van Emde Boas Tree - How It Works - FindNext
... The operation FindNext(T, x) that searches for the successor of an element x in a vEB tree proceeds as follows If x≤T.min then the search is complete, and the answer is T.min ... If x>T.max then the next element does not exist, return M ... This gives us the index j of the first subtree that contains an element larger than x ...
OpenMath - Example
... expression tree made up from functional elements like OMA for function application or OMV for variables) 2 ... In the expression tree above symbols — i.e ... elements like — stand for mathematical functions that are applied to sibling expressions in an OMA which are interpreted as arguments ... The OMS element is a generic extension element that means whatever is specified in the content dictionary referred to in the cd attribute (this document can be found at the URI ...

More definitions of "element":

  • (noun): The most favorable environment for a plant or animal.
    Example: "Water is the element of fishes"
  • (noun): The situation in which you are happiest and most effective.
    Example: "In your element"
  • (noun): A straight line that generates a cylinder or cone.
  • (noun): An artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system.
    Example: "A component or constituent element of a system"
    Synonyms: component, constituent
  • (noun): One of four substances thought in ancient and medieval cosmology to constitute the physical universe.
    Example: "The alchemists believed that there were four elements"

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    There is probably an element of malice in the readiness to overestimate people: we are laying up for ourselves the pleasure of later cutting them down to size.
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