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Definition 1: a component of a mixture or compound - [noun denoting artifact]

(ingredient is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of ingredient ) an additional ingredient that is added by mixing with the base

"the growing medium should be equal parts of sand and loam with an admixture of peat moss and cow manure" "a large intermixture of sand"

(... is a kind of ingredient ) the principal ingredient of a mixture

"glycerinated gelatin is used as a base for many ointments" "he told the painter that he wanted a yellow base with just a hint of green" "everything she cooked seemed to have rice as the base"

Definition 2: an abstract part of something - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where ingredient or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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
  • humor: an effective ingredient of a speech

Synonyms for ingredient in the sense of this definition

(ingredient is a kind of ...) one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

"the written part of the exam" "the finance section of the company" "the BBC's engineering division"

(... is a kind of ingredient ) the essential factor; the all-important element; the supreme aim

"profit is the be-all and end-all of business"

(... is a kind of ingredient ) a component or element of the plot of a story

(... is a kind of ingredient ) a geometric element that has position but no extension

"a point is defined by its coordinates"

Definition 3: food that is a component of a mixture in cooking - [noun denoting food]

Samples where ingredient or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the recipe lists all the fixings for a salad

Synonyms for ingredient in the sense of this definition

(ingredient is a kind of ...) a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food

(... is a kind of ingredient ) something added to food primarily for the savor it imparts

(... is a kind of ingredient ) thick concentrated tomato puree

(... is a kind of ingredient ) the white part of an egg; the nutritive and protective gelatinous substance surrounding the yolk consisting mainly of albumin dissolved in water

"she separated the whites from the yolks of several eggs"

(... is a kind of ingredient ) the yellow spherical part of an egg that is surrounded by the albumen

(... is a kind of ingredient ) powder made of dried milk and malted cereals

(... is part of ingredient) a particular item of prepared food

"she prepared a special dish for dinner"

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