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Molecule vs. Elemental

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Moleculenoun

(chemistry) The smallest particle of a specific element or compound that retains the chemical properties of that element or compound; two or more atoms held together by chemical bonds.

‘Hydrogen chloride is a diatomic molecule, consisting of a hydrogen atom and a chlorine atom.’;

Elementaladjective

(chemistry) of, relating to, or being an element (as opposed to a compound)

Moleculenoun

A tiny amount.

Elementaladjective

basic, fundamental or elementary

Moleculenoun

One of the very small invisible particles of which all ordinary matter is supposed to consist.

Elementaladjective

of the ancient supposed elements of earth, air, fire and water

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Moleculenoun

The smallest part of any substance which possesses the characteristic properties and qualities of that substance, and which can exist alone in a free state.

Elementaladjective

(by extension) of, or relating to a force or nature, especially to severe atmospheric conditions

Moleculenoun

A group of atoms so united and combined by chemical affinity that they form a complete, integrated whole, being the smallest portion of any particular compound that can exist in a free state; as, a molecule of water consists of two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen. Cf. Atom.

Elementalnoun

(fantasy) A creature (usually a spirit) that is attuned with, or composed of, one of the classical elements: air, earth, fire and water or variations of them like ice, lightning, etc. They sometimes have unique proper names and sometimes are referred to as Air, Earth, Fire, or Water.

Moleculenoun

(physics and chemistry) the simplest structural unit of an element or compound

Elementaladjective

Pertaining to the elements, first principles, and primary ingredients, or to the four supposed elements of the material world; as, elemental air.

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Moleculenoun

(nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything

Elementaladjective

Pertaining to rudiments or first principles; rudimentary; elementary.

Molecule

A molecule is an electrically neutral group of two or more atoms held together by chemical bonds. Molecules are distinguished from ions by their lack of electrical charge.

Elementaladjective

being or resembling a force of nature;

‘elemental violence’;

Elementaladjective

being the ultimate or elemental constituents of anything;

‘the elemental stuff of...out of which the many forms of life have been molded’; ‘the ultimate ingredients of matter’; ‘his proposal is elegantly simple’;

Elementaladjective

relating to or being an element;

‘elemental sulphur’;

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Elementaladjective

relating to severe atmospheric conditions;

‘a race against hail or cold rains or some other elemental catastrophe’;

Elemental

An elemental is a mythic being that is described in occult and alchemical works from around the time of the European Renaissance, and particularly elaborated in the 16th century works of Paracelsus. According to Paracelsus and his subsequent followers, there are four categories of elementals, which are gnomes, undines, sylphs, and salamanders.

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