[ noun ] 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
: "spare components for cars" "a component or constituent element of a system"
Used in print(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)
Indeed , when the proper inorganic constituents are employed , practically any wetting or surface-active_agent will do a reasonably good job when present in sufficient amount in a hard surface cleaning formulation .
The importance of the inorganic constituents in hard surface cleaning has been emphasized in a number of papers .
The other constituents in a built detergent assist in this and in the removal of dirty stains and the hydrophilic sticky or dried soils .
It is evident that the requirements imposed by these effects upon any one detergent constituent acting alone are severe .
Upon consideration of the variety of soils and fabrics normally encountered in the washing process , it is little wonder that the use of a number of detergent constituents having `` synergistic '' properties has gained widespread acceptance .
[ noun ] (politics) a member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a government by officials for whom he or she votes
"needs continued support by constituents to be re-elected"
Used in print(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)
`` Senator '' , said an interviewer , `` your constituents can n't understand from your speech last night just how you stand on the question '' .
[ noun ] an abstract part of something
: "jealousy was a component of his character" "two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony" "the grammatical elements of a sentence" "a key factor in her success" "an effective ingredient of a speech"