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  1. One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.

Philosophy

  • Alchemical elements, the components of the universe, expressed in their Aristotelian forms as fire, earth, air and water
  • Bhūta are five elements in Hinduism
  • The Classical elements, the ancient belief about the fundamental types of matter (usually four in number)
  • Five elements (Japanese philosophy), the basis of the universe according to Japanese philosophy
  • Mahābhūta, Buddhist great elements
  • Tattva, the basis of the universe according to Hindu Samkhya philosophy
  • Wu Xing, sometimes translated as five elements, the basis of the universe according to Chinese Taoism




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