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Meaning of COMPOUND

Pronunciation:  [adj]'kâmpawnd, [v]kum'pawnd, 'kâmpaûnd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an enclosure of residences and other building (especially in the Orient)
  2. [n]  a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts
  3. [n]  
  4. [adj]  (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves composed of several similar parts or lobes
  5. [adj]  (zoology) composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony; "coral is a colonial organism"
  6. [adj]  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"
  7. [v]  put or add together; "combine resources"
  8. [v]  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"
  9. [v]  create by mixing or combining
  10. [v]  combine so as to form a whole; mix; "compound the ingredients"
  11. [v]  calculate principal and interest

COMPOUND is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: abruptly-pinnate, bilobate, bilobated, bilobed, binate, bipartite, bipinnate, bipinnatifid, chemical compound, cleft, colonial, combine, combine, conjugate, decompound, deepen, dissected, even-pinnate, heighten, imparipinnate, incised, intensify, lobate, lobed, odd-pinnate, palmate, palmatifid, palm-shaped, paripinnate, parted, pedate, pinnate, pinnated, pinnatifid, pinnatisect, quinquefoliate, ternate, trifoliate, trifoliated, trifoliolate, trilobate, trilobated, trilobed, tripinnate, tripinnated, tripinnatifid
 Antonyms: simple, unsubdivided
 See Also: acceptor, account, acid, add, adduct, alkali, allomorph, aluminate, amalgamate, ammine, amplify, anhydride, anionic compound, antiknock, arsenide, assemble, azide, base, benzofuran, binary compound, bitter principle, buffer, calcium-cyanamide, calculate, carbon disulfide, carbonyl, carburet, cementite, chelate, chelate compound, chloropicrin, chromogen, cofactor, commix, complex, complex, coordination compound, corrosive, coumarone, cumarone, cyanamide, defoliant, depilatory, dimer, enantiomer, enantiomorph, enclosure, enhance, fan, fixer, fixing agent, formulation, goitrogen, heat up, heterodyne, hot up, hydrate, hydrated oxide, hydroxide, incense, incorporate, increase, inorganic compound, integrate, iodocompound, iron carbide, isomer, manganese tetroxide, matter, mingle, mix, mix, monomer, nitride, nitrochloroform, nitrogen mustard, organic compound, oxide, ozonide, piece, polymer, preparation, put together, raise, recombine, repellant, repellent, rough, screw up, set up, sharpen, smooth, substance, sulfurette, sulphurette, synthesise, synthesize, synthetic, tack, tack together, taurine, totalise, totalize, unify, vanillin, whole



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com"pound\ (k[o^]m"pound), n. [Malay kompung a
    In the East Indies, an inclosure containing a house,
    outbuildings, etc.
  2. \Com*pound"\ (k[o^]m*pound"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
    {Compounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Compounding}.] [OE. componen,
    compounen, L. componere, compositum; com-+ ponere to put set.
    The d is excrescent. See {Position}, and cf. {Compon['e]}.]
    1. To form or make by combining different elements,
       ingredients, or parts; as, to compound a medicine.
             Incapacitating him from successfully compounding a
             tale of this sort.                    --Sir W.
    2. To put together, as elements, ingredients, or parts, in
       order to form a whole; to combine, mix, or unite.
             We have the power of altering and compounding those
             images into all the varieties of picture. --Addison.
    3. To modify or change by combination with some other thing
       or part; to mingle with something else.
             Only compound me with forgotten dust. --Shak.
    4. To compose; to constitute. [Obs.]
             His pomp and all what state compounds. --Shak.
    5. 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.
             I pray, my lords, let me compound this strife.
    {To compound a felony}, to accept of a consideration for
       forbearing to prosecute, such compounding being an
       indictable offense. See {Theftbote}.
  3. \Com*pound"\, v. i.
    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.
          Here's a fellow will help you to-morrow; . . . compound
          with him by the year.                    --Shak.
          They were at last glad to compound for his bare
          commitment to the Tower.                 --Clarendon.
          Cornwall compounded to furnish ten oxen after
          Michaelmas for thirty pounds.            --R. Carew.
          Compound for sins they are inclined to By damning those
          they have no mind to.                    --Hudibras.
  4. \Com"pound\, a. [OE. compouned, p. p. of compounen. See
    {Compound}, v. t.]
    Composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts;
    produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or
    things; composite; as, a compound word.
          Compound substances are made up of two or more simple
          substances.                              --I. Watts.
    {Compound addition}, {subtraction}, {multiplication},
    {division} (Arith.), the addition, subtraction, etc., of
       compound numbers.
    {Compound crystal} (Crystallog.), a twin crystal, or one
       seeming to be made up of two or more crystals combined
       according to regular laws of composition.
    {Compound engine} (Mech.), a form of steam engine in which
       the steam that has been used in a high-pressure cylinder
       is made to do further service in a larger low-pressure
       cylinder, sometimes in several larger cylinders,
    {Compound ether}. (Chem.) See under {Ether}.
    {Compound flower} (Bot.), a flower head resembling a single
       flower, but really composed of several florets inclosed in
       a common calyxlike involucre, as the sunflower or
    {Compound fraction}. (Math.) See {Fraction}.
    {Compound fracture}. See {Fracture}.
    {Compound householder}, a householder who compounds or
       arranges with his landlord that his rates shall be
       included in his rents. [Eng.]
    {Compound interest}. See {Interest}.
    {Compound larceny}. (Law) See {Larceny}.
    {Compound leaf} (Bot.), a leaf having two or more separate
       blades or leaflets on a common leafstalk.
    {Compound microscope}. See {Microscope}.
    {Compound motion}. See {Motion}.
    {Compound number} (Math.), one constructed according to a
       varying scale of denomination; as, 3 cwt., 1 qr., 5 lb.;
       -- called also {denominate number}.
    {Compound pier} (Arch.), a clustered column.
    {Compound quantity} (Alg.), a quantity composed of two or
       more simple quantities or terms, connected by the sign +
       (plus) or - (minus). Thus, a + b - c, and bb - b, are
       compound quantities.
    {Compound radical}. (Chem.) See {Radical}.
    {Compound ratio} (Math.), the product of two or more ratios;
       thus ab:cd is a ratio compounded of the simple ratios a:c
       and b:d.
    {Compound rest} (Mech.), the tool carriage of an engine
    {Compound screw} (Mech.), a screw having on the same axis two
       or more screws with different pitch (a differential
       screw), or running in different directions (a right and
       left screw).
    {Compound time} (Mus.), that in which two or more simple
       measures are combined in one; as, 6-8 time is the joining
       of two measures of 3-8 time.
    {Compound word}, a word composed of two or more words;
       specifically, two or more words joined together by a
  5. \Com"pound\, n.
    1. 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.
             Rare compound of oddity, frolic, and fun.
             When the word ``bishopric'' was first made, it was
             made as a compound.                   --Earle.
    2. (Chem.) 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.
    Note: Every definite chemical compound always contains the
          same elements, united in the same proportions by
          weight, and with the same internal arrangement.
    {Binary compound} (Chem.). See under {Binary}.
    {Carbon compounds} (Chem.). See under {Carbon}.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Of a leaf, having the blade divided into two or more distinct leaflets; of an inflorescence, made up of an aggregate of smaller inflorescences.
  2. A material made up of two or more elements.
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