In mathematics, an element, or member, of a set is any one of the distinct objects that make up that set.

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  1. One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.
    Letters are the elements of written language.
  2. Any one of the simplest chemical substances that cannot be decomposed in a chemical reaction or by any chemical means and made up of atoms all having the same number of protons.
  3. One of the four basic building blocks of matter in theories of ancient philosophers and alchemists: water, earth, fire, and air
  4. A small part of the whole.
    an element of doubt
    an element of the picture
  5. Atmospheric forces such as strong winds and rains.
  6. A place or state of being that an individual or object is better suited towards.
    be in one's own element
  7. A required aspect or component of a cause of action. A deed is regarded a violation of law only if each element can be proved.
  8. One of the objects in a set.
  9. A group of people within a larger group having a particular common characteristic.
    You sometimes find the hooligan element at football matches.
  10. A short form of heating element, a component in electrical equipment, often in the form of a coil, having a high resistance, thereby generating heat when a current is passed through it.
    The element in this electric kettle can heat the water in under a minute.
  11. One of the conceptual objects in a markup language, usually represented in text by a matching pair of tags.

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