Element vs Pet - What's the difference?

element | pet |

As a noun element

is element (part of a whole).

As an acronym pet is

(organic compound) polyethylene terephthalate.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(en noun)
  • 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.
  • * (Benjamin Jowett) (1817-1893) ((Thucydides))
  • The simplicity which is so large an element in a noble nature was laughed to scorn.
  • # (label) Any one of the simplest chemical substances that cannot be decomposed in a chemical reaction or by any chemical means and made up of atoms all having the same number of protons.
  • # One of the four basic building blocks of matter in theories of ancient philosophers and alchemists: water, earth, fire, and air.
  • # (label) A required aspect or component of a cause of action. A deed is regarded a violation of law only if each element can be proved.
  • # (label) One of the objects in a set.
  • A small part of the whole.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1927, author= F. E. Penny
  • , chapter=4, title= Pulling the Strings , passage=The case was that of a murder. It had an element of mystery about it, however, which was puzzling the authorities. A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff.}}
  • Atmospheric forces such as strong winds and rains.
  • A place or state of being that an individual or object is better suited towards.
  • The bread and wine taken at Holy Communion.
  • A group of people within a larger group having a particular common characteristic.
  • A short form of heating element, a component in electrical equipment, often in the form of a coil, having a high resistance, thereby generating heat when a current is passed through it.
  • (label) One of the conceptual objects in a markup language, usually represented in text by a matching pair of tags.
  • * 2011 , Richard Wagner, Creating Web Pages All-in-One For Dummies
  • The div element was introduced into HTML as a solution to the layout problem.


    * (in chemistry) chemical element * (in set theory) member

    Derived terms

    * chemical element * data element * heating element

    See also

    * atom



    Etymology 1

    Attested since the 1500s in the sense "indulged child" and since the 1530s in the sense "animal companion"..'>citation The verb is derived from the noun.


    (wikipedia pet) {{ picdic , image=Pudel miniatura 342.jpg , detail1= }} (en noun)
  • An animal kept as a companion.
  • One who is excessively loyal to a superior.
  • Any person or animal especially cherished and indulged; a darling.
  • * Tatler
  • the love of cronies, pets , and favourites
    * companion animal



  • To stroke or fondle (an animal).
  • (informal) To stroke or fondle (another person) amorously.
  • (informal) Of two or more people, to stroke and fondle one another amorously.
  • (dated) To treat as a pet; to fondle; to indulge.
  • His daughter was petted and spoiled.
  • (archaic) To be a pet.
  • (Feltham)
    Derived terms
    * pet cemetery * pet name * pet peeve * pet project * pet shop * pet store * petting * teacher's pet


  • Favourite; cherished.
  • a pet child
    a pet theory
  • * F. Harrison
  • Some young lady's pet curate.

    Etymology 2



    (en noun)
  • A fit of petulance, a sulk, arising from the impression that one has been offended or slighted.
  • * 1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 105:
  • There was something ludicrous, even more, unbecoming a gentleman, in leaving a friend's house in a pet , with the host's reproaches sounding in his ears, to be matched only by the bitterness of the guest's sneering retorts.

    Etymology 3



    (en noun)
  • Etymology 4



    (en noun)
  • (Geordie) A term of endearment usually applied to women and children.
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