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. create by mixing or combining
  10. ( chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
  11. of leaf shapes; of leaves composed of several similar parts or lobes
  12. In the East Indies, an inclosure containing a house, outbuildings, etc.
  13. To form or make by combining different elements, ingredients, or parts; as, to compound a medicine.
  14. To put together, as elements, ingredients, or parts, in order to form a whole; to combine, mix, or unite.
  15. To modify or change by combination with some other thing or part; to mingle with something else.
  16. To compose; to constitute.
  17. 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.
  18. Composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts; produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or things; composite; as, a compound word.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. To mix together; as, to compound drugs.
  22. Composed of two or more parts.
  23. A combination of two or more elements, ingredients, or parts.
  24. To mix or combine: to settle or adjust by agreement.
  25. To agree, or come to terms: to bargain in the lump.
  26. Mixed or composed of a number of parts: not simple.
  27. A mass made up of a number of parts.
  28. Composed of various parts.
  29. To agree upon terms.
  30. To mix; combine; settle by agreement.
  31. To mix, or make by mixture; combine.
  32. To settle at a reduction, as a debt; conceal, as a crime, for a consideration.
  33. To come to terms; settle.
  34. Composed of ingredients or parts; composite.
  35. A compound substance.
  36. The walled or fenced enclosure of a European residence or factory in the Orient.
  37. Composed of two or more ingredients, or of different elementary bodies; composed of two or more words.
  38. 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 -.
  39. 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.
  40. To come to terms of agreement by abating something of the first demand; to settle with a creditor by agreement. See Component.
  41. A body formed by the union or mixture of two or more substances or parts.
  42. Composed of two or more substances; composed of several parts.
  43. 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.
  44. Made up of several elements; flowers, leaves, eyes.

Usage examples for compound

  1. 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
  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. Yours seems a simple failure, mine is a compound one. – The Good Comrade by Una L. Silberrad
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. We are the same compound of identity and difference. – Preaching and Paganism by Albert Parker Fitch
  10. 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
  11. It is compound in the one case; it is two words in the other. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  12. Kanonsionni is a compound word, formed of kanonsa, house, and ionni, extended, or drawn out. – The Iroquois Book of Rites by Horatio Hale
  13. A new chemical compound? – Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller
  14. 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
  15. 40. What is a Compound word? – 1001 Questions and Answers on Orthography and Reading by B. A. Hathaway