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com·po·nent  (km-pnnt)
1. A constituent element, as of a system. See Synonyms at element.
2. A part of a mechanical or electrical complex.
3. Mathematics One of a set of two or more vectors having a sum equal to a given vector.
4. Any of the minimum number of substances required to specify completely the composition of all phases of a chemical system.
Being or functioning as a constituent or an ingredient.

[From Latin compnns, compnent-, present participle of compnere, to put together : com-, com- + pnere, to put; see apo- in Indo-European roots.]

compo·nential (kmp-nnshl) adj.

component  /kmponnt/  n. a part of a whole of s.t.: Tires, the engine, the body, and the seats are components of a car. component

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