el elemento
-the element
See the entry for elemento.


A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (chemistry)
a. element
El número de protones de cada elemento aparece en la tabla periódica.The number of protons in each element is shown on the periodic table.
2. (integral part)
a. element
Uno de los elementos clave de la campaña es la fotografía.One of the key elements of the campaign is photography.
b. part
En España la foto es un elemento importante del CV.In Spain a picture is an important part of one's CV.
c. component
El elemento esencial de una fiesta fantástica es la buena música.The essential component of a great party is good music.
3. (natural habitat)
a. element
Elise está en su elemento en la playa.Elise is in her element at the beach.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(person from a group)
a. element
Se detectó la presencia de elementos subversivos en la zonaThe presence of subversive elements was detected in the area.
b. individual
Los elementos que trabajan en esta asociación están muy calificados.The individuals who work in this association are highly qualified.
5. (electricity)
a. element
Uno de los elementos del calefactor se quemó.One of the heater's elements burned out.
6. (kind of people) (River Plate)
a. crowd
A ese bar va muy mal elemento porque está por una zona marginal.The crowd that goes to that bar is appalling; it's a in bad part of town.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
7. (forces of nature)
a. elements
De los cuatro elementos el fuego es el que más me llama la atención.Of the fours elements, fire is the one I relate to most.
8. (basic principles)
a. elements
En la clase de escritura se imparten elementos de caligrafía.In the writing class elements of calligraphy are taught.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sustancia)
a. element
elemento químicochemical element
estar (uno) en su elementoto be in one's element
2. (factor)
a. factor
el elemento sorpresathe surprise factor
3. (en equipo, colectivo; persona)
a. individual
4. (objeto, característica)
a. element
5. (fig)
luchar contra los elementosto struggle against the elements
los cuatro elementosthe four elements
6. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
un elemento de cuidadoa bad lot
menuda elementa está hechashe's a real tearaway
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1 (parte) element
la integridad es un elemento importante de su carácter integrity is an important element in his character; los elementos de una máquina the parts of a machine; el elemento narrativo the narrative element; el elemento sorpresa the element of surprise
elemento constituyente constituent
2 (Física) (Química) element
elemento radioactivo radioactive element
3 (Electricidad y Eléctronica) element; [de pila] cell
4 (ambiente)
estar en su elemento to be in one's element
5 (persona)
vino a verle un elemento (Latinoamérica) someone came to see you; elementos subversivos subversive elements; ¡menudo elemento estás hecho, Pepe! (España) you're a proper little terror Pepe!; su marido es un elemento de cuidado (España) her husband is a nasty piece of work (familiar)
6 (And) (Caribe) (S. Cone) (imbécil) dimwit (familiar)
7 (Caribe) (tipo raro) odd person; eccentric
8 elementos (nociones) elements; basic principles
elementos de geometría elements of geometry; basic geometry
; (s)
9 elementos (fuerzas naturales) elements
los cuatro elementos the four elements; quedó a merced de los elementos she was left at the mercy of the elements
elementos de juicio data
; (s)
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