Definitions of compound

  1. ( zoology) composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony; " coral is a colonial organism"
  2. put or add together; " combine resources"
  3. combine so as to form a whole; mix; " compound the ingredients"
  4. calculate principal and interest
  5. an enclosure of residences and other building ( especially in the Orient)
  6. a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts
  7. ( botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves composed of several similar parts or lobes
  8. consisting of two or more substances or ingredients or elements or parts; " soap is a compound substance"; " housetop is a compound word"; " a blackberry is a compound fruit"
  9. make more intense, stronger, or more marked; " The efforts were intensified", " Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her"; " Potsmokers claim it heightens their awareness"; " This event only deepened my convictions"
  10. create by mixing or combining
  11. ( chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
  12. of leaf shapes; of leaves composed of several similar parts or lobes
  13. composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony; " coral is a colonial organism"
  14. In the East Indies, an inclosure containing a house, outbuildings, etc.
  15. To form or make by combining different elements, ingredients, or parts; as, to compound a medicine.
  16. To put together, as elements, ingredients, or parts, in order to form a whole; to combine, mix, or unite.
  17. To modify or change by combination with some other thing or part; to mingle with something else.
  18. To compose; to constitute.
  19. To settle amicably; to adjust by agreement; to compromise; to discharge from obligation upon terms different from those which were stipulated; as, to compound a debt.
  20. To effect a composition; to come to terms of agreement; to agree; to settle by a compromise; -- usually followed by with before the person participating, and for before the thing compounded or the consideration.
  21. Composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts; produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or things; composite; as, a compound word.
  22. That which is compounded or formed by the union or mixture of elements ingredients, or parts; a combination of simples; a compound word; the result of composition.
  23. A union of two or more ingredients in definite proportions by weight, so combined as to form a distinct substance; as, water is a compound of oxygen and hydrogen.
  24. To mix together; as, to compound drugs.
  25. Composed of two or more parts.
  26. A combination of two or more elements, ingredients, or parts.
  27. To put together the ingredients of a remedy, according to the directions in a prescription or formula.
  28. 1. In chemistry a substance formed by the intimate chemical union of two or more elements, often differing entirely in physical characteristics from any of its components. 2. In pharmacy noting a preparation containing several ingredients as distinguished from one of the same name containing only one or a few 3. Not simple, made up of two or more parts.
  29. To mix or combine: to settle or adjust by agreement.
  30. To agree, or come to terms: to bargain in the lump.
  31. Mixed or composed of a number of parts: not simple.
  32. A mass made up of a number of parts.
  33. Composed of various parts.
  34. To agree upon terms.
  35. To mix; combine; settle by agreement.
  36. To mix, or make by mixture; combine.
  37. To settle at a reduction, as a debt; conceal, as a crime, for a consideration.
  38. To come to terms; settle.
  39. Composed of ingredients or parts; composite.
  40. A compound substance.
  41. The walled or fenced enclosure of a European residence or factory in the Orient.
  42. Composed of two or more ingredients, or of different elementary bodies; composed of two or more words.
  43. A body formed by the union of two or more elementary substances, the result of composition. A compound flower, a species of aggregate flower; a compound leaf connects several leaflets in one petiole; a compound raceme is composed of several small racemes; a compound fructification consists of several confluent florets Compound interest, interest added to the principal, and bearing interest Compound addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, calculation of quantities of different denominations Compound ratio, that which the product of the antecedents of two or more ratios has to the product of their consequents. Compound quantity, a quantity composed of two or more simple quantities or terms, connected by the sign + , or -.
  44. To mingle or unite two or more ingredients in one mass; to combine; to settle amicably; to adjust by agreement. To compound felony, receive back stolen goods upon an agreement not to prosecute the thief.
  45. To come to terms of agreement by abating something of the first demand; to settle with a creditor by agreement. See Component.
  46. A body formed by the union or mixture of two or more substances or parts.
  47. Composed of two or more substances; composed of several parts.
  48. To mix or unite two or more substances into one body or mass; to unite or combine; to adjust; to discharge, as a debt by composition; to come to terms.
  49. Made up of several elements; flowers, leaves, eyes.

Quotes of compound

  1. Having said that, I believe we must not compound the natural disaster of Katrina by creating a fiscal disaster in Congress- it is our duty to ensure that we reign in other government spending in any event, and especially in this time of national emergency. – Chris Chocola
  2. The drafts which true genius draws upon posterity, although they may not always be honored so soon as they are due, are sure to be paid with compound interest in the end. – Charles Caleb Colton
  3. This success led my theoretical group to the chemical reactivity theory, extending more and more widely the range of compound and reactions that were discussed. – Kenichi Fukui
  4. I've got problems and if you sentence me to additional time, I'm going to compound them. – Gary Gilmore
  5. Success is little more than a chemical compound of man with moment. – Philip Guedalla
  6. In 1970, I had begun work on the basic pancreatic trypsin inhibitor which has later become the model compound for the development of protein NMR, molecular dynamics, and experimental folding studies in other laboratories. – Robert Huber
  7. Albert Einstein when asked what he considered to be the most powerful force in the universe answered: Compound interest! What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want. – Mignon McLaughlin
  8. The magnitude of the atomic weight determines the character of the element, just as the magnitude of the molecule determines the character of a compound body. – Dmitri Mendeleev
  9. Save for thee and thy lessons, man in society would everywhere sink into a sad compound of the fiend and the wild beast; and this fallen world would be as certainly a moral as a natural wilderness. – Hugh Miller
  10. The newest computer can merely compound at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it. – Edward R. Murrow
  11. Well, I had nightmares when I was doing the Klan story all the time. I had a recurring nightmare of basically being exposed as a Jew inside the Klan compound – Jon Ronson
  12. Wit is an explosion of the compound spirit. – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Usage examples for compound

  1. It is compound in the one case; it is two words in the other. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  2. He explained it by saying that he did not have a copy of his reply, but as near as he could recall, he wrote that the compound would not cure a headache except at the expense of reducing heart action dangerously. – Master Tales of Mystery, Volume 3 by Collected and Arranged by Francis J. Reynolds
  3. 40. What is a Compound word? – 1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading by B. A. Hathaway
  4. I should perhaps explain this more fully, for the idea of a compound person is one which at first is not very easy to grasp, inasmuch as we are not conscious of any but our more superficial aspects, and have therefore until lately failed to understand that we are ourselves compound persons. – God the Known and God the Unknown by Samuel Butler
  5. Other dye- stuffs, such as fustic, Persian berries and Alizarine yellow, are best dyed on a basic chrome mordant, which is effected when tartar or oxalic acid is the assistant mordant used, or when some other form of chrome compound than bichrome is employed. – The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics by Franklin Beech
  6. This, however, despite his very respectable knowledge of medicine, Burton was not able to compound so after staying two days he took his leave. – The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wright
  7. We are the same compound of identity and difference. – Preaching and Paganism by Albert Parker Fitch
  8. Almost the next minute she heard footsteps in the compound and then on the veranda. – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. A new chemical compound – Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller
  10. Kanonsionni is a compound word, formed of kanonsa, house, and ionni, extended, or drawn out. – The Iroquois Book of Rites by Horatio Hale
  11. " That is just what I am about to explain," said I. " You must know, then, that it is a compound – In the Track of the Troops by R.M. Ballantyne
  12. Those leaves which have the blade in one piece are called simple; those with the blade in separate pieces are compound – Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf by Jane H. Newell
  13. The next day, as soon as his shift was over, Hanlon walked across the compound and knocked on the door of the headquarters office. – Man of Many Minds by E. Everett Evans
  14. That's a compound and even supposing I could let you take her, how would you run her?" – The Border Boys Across the Frontier by Fremont B. Deering
  15. Is willing to compound for tolerable appearances, and to hope, when reason for hope offers. – Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) History Of A Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  16. When the operation is completed the current is turned off and the compound allowed to cool. – Electricity and Magnetism Nature's Miracles, Vol. III. by Elisha Gray
  17. It was supposed at the time that all of Herr Wilner's personal property was destroyed when the school and compound burned. – The Dark Star by Robert W. Chambers
  18. But against such neighbors as France there, and the United States here, what she can expect from so gross a compound of folly and false faith, is not to be sought in the book of wisdom. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  19. Yours seems a simple failure, mine is a compound one. – The Good Comrade by Una L. Silberrad
  20. Well, when it is quite finished this compound will be the wonderful Powder of Life, which no one knows how to make but myself. – The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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