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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ELEMENTS

It was a very serious thing for the elements when they got into Aunt Jane's diary.

It is the one thing that has in it the elements of life, of a new life, Vita Nuova for me.

There were forebodings, also, of a more fearful tempest than those of the elements.

The forest fairly rocked under the convulsion of the elements.

No mechanic has a set of customers so trustworthy as God and the elements.

It contains a course of applied geometry in connection with Euclid's Elements.

For just over a week we had been travelling in open water, and the elements had not been kind to us at all.

"We must clinch our victory, men," Hilary shouted above the roar of the elements.

And the command he possessed over the elements of nature was no remedy for sensations like these.

Lydia,” said she, “is there anything ‘awe’-inspiring in this display of the elements?

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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