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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ELEMENT

It was an element of spasmodic conscience than he saw here, and it troubled him.

The other element in the story which Synge introduces into the play is equally true.

The one element Carlotta had left out of her calculations was herself.

The circumstances of war contain every element that can shake the nerves.

In my opinion they are a ghastly nuisance; also an element of danger.

The man, trained so long in border war, was thoroughly in his element.

It is an element which has no right to this country, except in a solid or vaporous state.

There is only one element, which is the basis of everything.

But with every stage of our journey he had developed, and now was in his element.

The sliminess of the element utterly destroyed the mechanics of swimming.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "earth, air, fire, or water," from Old French element (10c.), from Latin elementem "rudiment, first principle, matter in its most basic form" (translating Greek stoikheion), origin unknown. Meaning "simplest component of a complex substance" is late 14c. Modern sense in chemistry is from 1813. Elements "atmospheric force" is 1550s.

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