ETYM Latin componens, p. pr. of componere. Related to Compound.
Forming or functioning as part of a whole; SYN. constituent.
In mechanics, one of two or more forces (or other vector quantities) acting on a body whose combined effect is represented by a single resultant force. For purposes of calculation, a force may be resolved (see resolution of forces) into components acting at right angles to each other.
1. An abstract part of something:; SYN. constituent, element, factor, ingredient.
2. An artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system.
1. A discrete part of a larger system or structure.
2. An individual modular software routine that has been compiled and dynamically linked, and is ready to use with other components or programs. See also compile, component software, link (definition 1), program, routine. 3. In Sun Microsystem’s J2EE network platform, an application-level software unit supported by a container. Components are configurable at deployment time. The J2EE platform defines four types of components: enterprise java beans, Web components, applets, and application clients. See also applet, container (definition 3), Enterprise JavaBeans, J2EE.