el‧e‧ment S2 W1 [countable]
one part or feature of a whole system, plan, piece of work etc, especially one that is basic or important
Honesty is a vital element of her success.
the primary element in the country's economy
important/key/essential/vital etc element
Besides ability, the other essential element in political success is luck.
Business and management elements are built into the course.
an amount, usually small, of a quality or feeling:
There is an element of truth in your argument.
a simple chemical substance such as carbon or oxygen that consists of atoms of only one kind ➔ compound1 (1)
a group of people who form part of a larger group, especially when the rest of the group does not approve of them [↪ faction]:
the hard-line communist elements in the party
the weather, especially bad weather:
sailors battling against the elements
the part of a piece of electrical equipment that produces heat
the most simple things that you have to learn first about a subject:
She doesn't even know the basic elements of politeness.
one of the four substances (earth, air, fire, and water) from which people used to believe that everything was made
to be in a situation that you enjoy, because you are good at it:
Graham was in his element, building a fire and cooking the steaks.
to be in a situation that makes you uncomfortable or unhappy:
She was out of her element in this dull little town.