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component

 
Noun component has 3 senses
  1. component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient - 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 speech"
    --1 is a kind of part, section, division
    --1 has particulars: point; be-all and end-all, be all and end all
    Derived form: verb compose1
  2. part, portion, component part, component - 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"
    --2 is a kind of relation
    --2 is a part of meronymy, part to whole relation
    --2 has particulars:
     language unit, linguistic unit; item, point; basis, base; detail, particular, item; unit; member; substance; remainder, balance, residual, residue, residuum, rest; subpart
  3. component, constituent, element - 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"
    --3 is a kind of part, portion
    --3 has particulars:
     accessory, appurtenance, supplement, add-on; addition, add-on, improver; audio; auto part, car part; crystal; hardware, computer hardware; heating element; ingredient; landside; makings; module; pixel, pel, picture element; retrofit; spare part, spare; spark gap
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