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 Dictionary entry overview: What does component mean? 

  The noun COMPONENT has 3 senses:

1. an abstract part of something
2. something determined in relation to something that includes it
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

  Familiarity information: COMPONENT used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1component [BACK TO TOP]


An abstract part of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


component; element; ingredient; factor; constituent

Context examples:

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 speech

Hypernyms ("component" is a kind of...):

division; part; section (one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "component"):

point (a geometric element that has position but no extension)

plot element (a component or element of the plot of a story)

be all and end all; be-all and end-all (the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim)

Sense 2component [BACK TO TOP]


Something determined in relation to something that includes it

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas


component part; part; portion; component

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("component" is a kind of...):

relation (an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "component"):

balance; remainder; residual; residue; residuum; rest (something left after other parts have been taken away)

substance (the stuff of which an object consists)

member (anything that belongs to a set or class)

unit (an individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole)

detail; item; particular (a small part that can be considered separately from the whole)

base; basis (the most important or necessary part of something)

butt (the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots)

item; point (a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list)

language unit; linguistic unit (one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed)

subpart (a part of a part)

Holonyms ("component" is a part of...):

meronymy; part to whole relation (the semantic relation that holds between a part and the whole)

Sense 3component [BACK TO TOP]


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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


constituent; component; element

Context examples:

spare components for cars / a component or constituent element of a system

Hypernyms ("component" is a kind of...):

part; portion (something less than the whole of a human artifact)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "component"):

accessory; add-on; appurtenance; supplement (a supplementary component that improves capability)

spark gap (a component of an ignition system; consists of two shaped electrodes and the space between them)

spare; spare part (an extra component of a machine or other apparatus)

retrofit (a component or accessory added to something after it has been manufactured)

pel; picture element; pixel ((computer science) the smallest discrete component of an image or picture on a CRT screen (usually a colored dot))

module (a self-contained component (unit or item) that is used in combination with other components)

making ((usually plural) the components needed for making or doing something)

landside (component consisting of a side piece opposite the moldboard)

input (a component of production; something that goes into the production of output)

ingredient (a component of a mixture or compound)

heating element (the component of a heater or range that transforms fuel or electricity into heat)

computer hardware; hardware ((computer science) the mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system)

crystal (a crystalline element used as a component in various electronic devices)

auto part; car part (a component of an automobile)

audio (the sound elements of television)

add-on; addition; improver (a component that is added to something to improve it)

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