A individual, meaningful useful piece of computer code encased in a wrapper. Components are like objects, except that they can operate completly independent of any calling routines. Buttons, checkboxes, and browser windows are all examples of components.

Com*po"nent (?), a. [L. componens, p. pr. of componere. See Compound, v. t.]

Serving, or helping, to form; composing; constituting; constituent.

The component parts of natural bodies. Sir I. Newton.


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Com*po"nent, n.

A constituent part; an ingredient.

Component of force Mech., a force which, acting conjointly with one or more forces, produces the effect of a single force or resultant; one of a number of forces into which a single force may be resolved.


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