Meaning of compound
Pronunciation: (adj.kom'pound, kom-pound'n.kom'poundv.k&schwam-pound', kom'pound), [key]
- composed of two or more parts, elements, or ingredients: Soap is a compound substance.
- having or involving two or more actions or functions: The mouth is a compound organ.
- of or pertaining to a compound sentence or compound-complex sentence.
- (of a word)
- consisting of two or more parts that are also bases, as housetop, many-sided, playact, or upon.
- consisting of any two or more parts that have identifiable meaning, as a base and a noninflectional affix (return, follower), a base and a combining form (biochemistry), two combining forms (ethnography), or a combining form and a noninflectional affix (aviary, dentoid).
- (of a verb tense) consisting of an auxiliary verb and a main verb, as are swimming, have spoken, or will write (opposed to simple).
- composed of several similar parts that combine to form a whole: a compound fruit.
- composed of a number of distinct individuals that are connected to form a united whole or colony, as coral.
- of or pertaining to compound time.
- noting an engine or turbine expanding the same steam or the like in two successive chambers to do work at two ranges of pressure.
- something formed by compounding or combining parts, elements, etc.
- a pure substance composed of two or more elements whose composition is constant.
- a compound word, esp. one composed of two or more words that are otherwise unaltered, as moonflower or rainstorm.
- to put together into a whole; combine: to compound drugs to form a new medicine.
- to make or form by combining parts, elements, etc.; construct: to compound a new plan from parts of several former plans.
- to make up or constitute: all the organs and members that compound a human body.
- to settle or adjust by agreement, esp. for a reduced amount, as a debt.
- to agree, for a consideration, not to prosecute or punish a wrongdoer for: to compound a crime or felony.
- to pay (interest) on the accrued interest as well as the principal: My bank compounds interest quarterly.
- to increase or add to: The misery of his loneliness was now compounded by his poverty.
- to connect a portion of the field turns of (a direct-current dynamo) in series with the armature circuit.
- to make a bargain; come to terms; compromise.
- to settle a debt, claim, etc., by compromise.
- to form a compound.
Pronunciation: (kom'pound), [key]
- (in the Far East) an enclosure containing residences, business offices, or other establishments of Europeans.
- (in Africa) a similar enclosure for native laborers.
- any enclosure, esp. for prisoners of war.
- any separate cluster of homes, often owned by members of the same family.
- compound (Thesaurus)