It's the Ikea curse: You spend four hours figuring out how to piece together your new furniture, only to be left with one random component, or part, that doesn't seem to fit anywhere.


Serving, or helping, to form; composing; constituting; constituent.

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"

an abstract part of something; "jealousy was a component of his character"; "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony"; "the grammatical elements of a sentence"; "a key factor in her success"; "humor: an effective ingredient of a s

something determined in relation to something that includes it; "he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself"; "I read a portion of the manuscript"; "the smaller component is hard to reach"

v. t.
Serving, or helping, to form; composing; constituting; constituent.

A constituent part; an ingredient.


Com*po"nent , a. [L. componens, p. pr. of componere. See Compound, v. t.] Serving, or helping, to form; composing; constituting; constituent.
The component parts of natural bodies.


Com*po"nent, n. A constituent part; an ingredient. Component of force (Mech.), a force which, acting conjointly with one or more forces, produces the effect of a single force or resultant; one of a number of forces into which a single force may be resolved.

Serving, or helping, to form; composing; constituting; constituent.

A constituent part; an ingredient.


Usage Examples

Ads featuring real women and real beauty are such a necessary component to offset the potentially dangerous programming out there for little girls.

On the other hand, in a society whose communication component is becoming more prominent day by day, both as a reality and as an issue, it is clear that language assumes a new importance.

Ethanol is a premier, high performance fuel. It has tremendous environmental benefits and is a key component to energy independence for our country.

It's not about weight, it's about fitness, and one component of being fit is to have relatively low body fat, because fat is not very efficient, whereas muscle is.

Almost certainly, however, the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind.

Without sound conservation and management measures, fisheries will quickly become depleted and a basic component of global food security will be lost.

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Other Usage Examples

Head Start's ability to improve the educational skills and opportunities of Latino children will be an important component of America's future success.

Nurses are an integral component of the health care system, and it is important that we recognize the over 2.7 million registered nurses for the significant work that they do.

I'm a big proponent of having a mental health component go along with whatever the physical realities are.

Developments in medical technology have long been confined to procedural or pharmaceutical advances, while neglecting a most basic and essential component of medicine: patient information management.

Luck is a component that a lot of people in the arts sometimes fail to recognise: that you can have talent, perseverance, patience, but without luck you will not have a successful career.

Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization.

Marketing has supplanted story as the primary force behind the worthiness of making a film, and that's a very sad thing. It's film only as a function of consumerism rather than as an important component of our culture, and that's everywhere around the world.


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