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Pronunciation:  [n]'kâmplumunt, [v]'kâmplu`ment, 'kâmplemunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something added to complete or make perfect; "a fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner"
  2. [n]  either of two parts that mutually complete each other
  3. [n]  a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction
  4. [n]  number needed to make up whole force; "a full complement of workers"
  5. [n]  a complete number or quantity; "a full complement"
  6. [n]  one of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response
  7. [v]  make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to; "I need some pepper to complement the sweet touch in the soup"

COMPLEMENT is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: full complement
 See Also: balance, company, construction, count, counterpart, enzyme, equilibrate, equilibrise, equilibrize, expression, grammatical construction, hands, immune reaction, immune response, immunologic response, increase, increment, manpower, men, opposite number, ship's company, vis-a-vis, work force, workforce



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com"ple*ment\, n. [L. complementun: cf. F.
    compl['e]ment. See {Complete}, v. t., and cf. {Compliment}.]
    1. That which fills up or completes; the quantity or number
       required to fill a thing or make it complete.
    2. That which is required to supply a deficiency, or to
       complete a symmetrical whole.
             History is the complement of poetry.  --Sir J.
    3. Full quantity, number, or amount; a complete set;
             To exceed his complement and number appointed him
             which was one hundred and twenty persons. --Hakluyt.
    4. (Math.) A second quantity added to a given quantity to
       make it equal to a third given quantity.
    5. Something added for ornamentation; an accessory. [Obs.]
             Without vain art or curious complements. --Spenser.
    6. (Naut.) The whole working force of a vessel.
    7. (Mus.) The interval wanting to complete the octave; -- the
       fourth is the complement of the fifth, the sixth of the
    8. A compliment. [Obs.] --Shak.
    {Arithmetical compliment of a logarithm}. See under
    {Arithmetical complement of a number} (Math.), the difference
       between that number and the next higher power of 10; as, 4
       is the complement of 6, and 16 of 84.
    {Complement of an} {arc or angle} (Geom.), the difference
       between that arc or angle and 90[deg].
    {Complement of a parallelogram}. (Math.) See {Gnomon}.
    {In her complement} (Her.), said of the moon when represented
       as full.
  2. \Com"ple*ment\, v. t.
    1. To supply a lack; to supplement. [R.]
    2. To compliment. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.
Computing Dictionary

The other value or values in the set of possible values.

See logical complement, bitwise complement, set complement.

Biology Dictionary
  1. A protein system that helps antibodies stage a defense against antigens.
  2. A biochemical substance (e.g. protein, vitamin, mineral, etc.) that is added to a food to improve its nutritional quality or to correct a deficiency created in cooking or processing.
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