What does the word component mean?

Usage examples for component

  1. He began to remember long- forgotten schoolboy lore about chemical reagents, that dissolve materials into their component parts, such was the magic of her eyes. – King--of the Khyber Rifles by Talbot Mundy
  2. Thus, while one lot of men were skilfully fitting sledges with convenient straps to secure the loads against the inevitable bumping, jolting, and capsizing, and lashing tank- like contrivances of waterproof canvas on, to contain the component units of food, another set of people would be fastening light wicker or venesta boxes athwart the sledge ends for carrying instruments and such perishable things as the primus stoves and methylated spirit bottles. – South with Scott by Edward R. G. R. Evans