element-n; 8 Senses

Sense Number 1: a component of a larger, perceived whole

Commentary: ELEMENT[+relation][+part][+component][+of_whole][+perceived]

The celebrity's death had all the elements of a great tabloid story.
They were all adventurous men, drawn to the sport by its element of danger.
The mayor has promised to crack down on the growing crime element of the city.
He has alienated the more left-wing elements of his party.
In set theory, an element is a single member of a given set.
The diagram shows several elements along the length of the cone. (lines contained on its surface)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: an electrical heating component of a device

Commentary: ELEMENT[+entity][+artifact][+component][+electrical][+heating]

One of the back elements on the stove is not working.
Mary touched the element of the electric skillet to see whether it was getting warm.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 3: atomically pure chemical substances, .e.g., copper, helium, neon

Commentary: ELEMENT[+substance][+chemical][+pure][+atomically]

The Periodic Table organizes more than 100 elements.
Which elements are included among the noble gases?

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 4: the normal environment in which a living thing can thrive

Commentary: ELEMENT[+location][+environment][+medium][+nurturing]

A fish, when removed from its element of water, will die quickly.
He was really in his element writing for the Broadway theater.
She did not feel in her element sitting behind a desk in a large bureaucracy.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5, 6

Sense Number 5: one of four basic substances that medievalists believed composed the universe

Commentary: ELEMENT[+entity][+substance][+fundamental][+conjectured][+by_medievalists]

The ancients believed the four fundamental substances of the universe were earth, air, fire and water.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 6: basic or fundamental principles in a field of knowledge

Commentary: ELEMENT[+entity][+conceptual][+principle][+fundamental][+of_knowledge][+domain]

This course will introduce students to the elements of musical composition.
You need to master the basic elements of organic chemistry before tackling molecular biology.
Legal training may include the elements of economics and political science.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 7: harsh or stormy weather

Commentary: ELEMENT[+activity][+physical][+atmospheric][+weather][+harsh]

This foul-weather gear is good to wear when you are out in the elements.
They huddled in their tent to stay out of the elements.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2c

Sense Number 8: the blessed bread and wine of the Eucharist

Commentary: ELEMENT[+entity][+substance][+ingestible][+blessed][+Eucharist]

The minister prepared the elements for Communion.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2d