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(1)   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"
(2)   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"
(3)   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"


From , present participle of .


  1. A smaller, self-contained part of a larger entity. Often refers to a manufactured object that is part of a larger device.
    A CPU is a component of a computer.


  1. Making up a larger whole; as a component word.
  2. Made up of smaller complete units in combination; as a component stereo.