component meaning

[ kəm'pəunənt ] Pronunciation:   "component" in a sentence
Noun: component  kum'pownunt
  1. An abstract part of something
    "jealousy was a component of his character"
    - constituent, element, factor, ingredient 
  2. Something determined in relation to something that includes it
    "the smaller component is hard to reach"
    - part, portion, component part, constituent 
  3. 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
    "spare components for cars"; "a component or constituent element of a system"
    - constituent, element

Derived forms: components

See also: compose

Type of: division, part, portion, relation, section

Part of: meronymy, part to whole relation

Encyclopedia: Component

AmE / noun [C]

one of several parts of which sth is made:

the components of a machine

one of the leading makers of components for cellphones

Petroleum is a key component of their economy.

car/computer/vehicle components

◆ a component maker/manufacturer/supplier

◆ an essential/ a key/ an important/ a vital component (of sth)

component adjective [only before noun]:

to break sth down into its component parts

1. One of the subordinate organizations that constitute a joint force.
Normally a joint force is organized with a combination of Service and functional components.
2. In logistics, a part or combination of parts having a specific function, which can be installed or replaced only as an entity.
Also called COMP.
See also functional component command; Service component command.
(JP 1)

"Any electric device, such as a coil, resistor, capacitor, generator, line, or electron tube, having distinct electrical characteristics and having terminals at which it may be connected to other components to form a circuit. Also known as circuit element,"

1. A device or part used in a circuit to obtain some desired electrical action [e.g., a resistor (passive component) or an integrated circuit
(active component)]. Also see ACTIVE COMPONENT and PASSIVE COMPONENT.
2. An attribute inherent in a device, circuit, or performance (e.g., the REACTIVE COMPONENT of an inductor).
3. A specified quantity or term (e.g., the WATTLESS COMPONENT of ac power).
4. A piece of equipment in a high-fidelity sound system.


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  1. the inactive components are important too.
  2. errors often have more than one component.
  3. it was made into a collapsible component.
  4. a positive-stress component means tension.
  5. the stress components form a symmetric array.

Related Words

  1. compo meaning
  2. compo ration meaning
  3. compomers meaning
  4. compone meaning
  5. componency meaning
  6. component (materiel) meaning
  7. component architecture meaning
  8. component based development meaning
  9. component density meaning
  10. component depreciation meaning
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