American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To combine so as to form a whole; mix.
- v. To produce or create by combining two or more ingredients or parts: pharmacists compounding prescriptions.
- v. To settle (a debt, for example) by agreeing on an amount less than the claim; adjust.
- v. To compute (interest) on the principal and accrued interest.
- v. To add to; increase: High winds compounded the difficulties of the firefighters.
- v. To combine in or form a compound.
- v. To come to terms; agree.
- adj. Consisting of two or more substances, ingredients, elements, or parts.
- adj. Botany Composed of more than one part.
- n. A combination of two or more elements or parts. See Synonyms at mixture.
- n. Linguistics A word that consists either of two or more elements that are independent words, such as loudspeaker, baby-sit, or high school, or of specially modified combining forms of words, such as Greek philosophia, from philo-, "loving,” and sophia, "wisdom.”
- n. Chemistry A pure, macroscopically homogeneous substance consisting of atoms or ions of two or more different elements in definite proportions that cannot be separated by physical means. A compound usually has properties unlike those of its constituent elements.
- n. Botany A leaf whose blade is divided into two or more distinct leaflets.
- n. Botany A pistil composed of two or more united carpels.
- n. A building or buildings, especially a residence or group of residences, set off and enclosed by a barrier.
- n. An enclosed area used for confining prisoners of war.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put together or mix (two or more elements or ingredients): as, to compound drugs.
- To join or couple together; combine: as, to compound words.
- To form by uniting or mixing two or more elements or materials.
- To make; constitute; form; establish.
- To put together in due order, as words or sentences; compose.
- To settle amicably; adjust by agreement, as a difference or controversy; compose.
- To settle by agreement for a reduced amount or upon different terms, as a debt or dues of any kind: as, to compound tithes. See II., 3.
- To agree, for a consideration, not to prosecute or punish a wrong-doer for: as, to compound a crime or felony. It is equally illegal, whether the consideration be a money present, the restitution of stolen money or goods, or other acts performed or procured by the offender or another in his interest, upon a promise of immunity from prosecution or the withholding of evidence.
- To agree upon concession; come to terms of agreement by abating something of the first demand, or by granting something on both sides; make a compromise: used absolutely, or with for (formerly also on) before the thing accepted or remitted, and with before the person with whom the agreement is made.
- To make a bargain, in general; agree.
- To settle with a creditor by agreement, and discharge a debt on the payment of a less sum in full; or to make an agreement to pay a debt by means or in a manner different from that stipulated or required by law. It usually implies payment of or agreement on a gross sum less than the aggregate due. See
- To settle with one who has committed a crime, agreeing for a consideration not to prosecute him. See I., 8.
- To give out; fail: said of a horse in racing.
- Composed of two or more elements, parts, or ingredients; not simple.
- In botany, made up of several similar parts aggregated into a common whole.
- In arithmetic, a quantity which consists of more than one denomination, as 5 pounds, 6 shillings, and 9 pence, or 4 miles, 3 furlongs, and 10 yards; hence, the operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing such quantities are termed compound addition, compound subtraction, compound multiplication, and compound division.
- n. Something produced by combining two or more ingredients, parts, or elements; a combination of parts or principles forming a whole.
- n. Specifically In grammar, a compound word (which see, under I.).
- n. In chem., a compound body.
- n. In India and the East generally, a walled inclosure or courtyard containing a residence with the necessary outhouses, servants' quarters, etc.
- To make (a steam-engine) operate on the compound principle, whereby the steam expands first in a small cylinder and does work in propelling the piston, and thence exhausts into a larger low-pressure cylinder, where it expands still further until released at the exhaust when the traverse is completed.
- n. an enclosure within which workers, prisoners, or soldiers are confined
- n. a group of buildings situated close together, eg. for a school or block of offices
- adj. composed of elements; not simple
- adj. music This changes the meaning of an interval so that it is an octave higher than originally (i.e. a compound major second is equivalent to a major ninth).
- n. Anything made by combining several things.
- n. chemistry, dated A substance made from any combination elements.
- n. chemistry A substance formed by chemical union of two or more ingredients in definite proportions by weight.
- n. linguistics A lexeme that consists of more than one stem; compound word; for example laptop, formed from lap and top.
- v. intransitive to come together
- v. intransitive to come to terms of agreement
- v. transitive to put together
- v. transitive to add to
- v. transitive, law to settle by agreeing on less than the claim
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. In the East Indies, an inclosure containing a house, outbuildings, etc.
- v. To form or make by combining different elements, ingredients, or parts.
- v. To put together, as elements, ingredients, or parts, in order to form a whole; to combine, mix, or unite.
- v. To modify or change by combination with some other thing or part; to mingle with something else.
- v. obsolete To compose; to constitute.
- v. To settle amicably; to adjust by agreement; to compromise; to discharge from obligation upon terms different from those which were stipulated.
- v. To effect a composition; to come to terms of agreement; to agree; to settle by a compromise; -- usually followed by
withbefore the person participating, and forbefore the thing compounded or the consideration.
- adj. Composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts; produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or things; composite.
- n. 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.
- n. (Chem.) A union of two or more ingredients in definite proportions by weight, so combined as to form a distinct substance.
- adj. composed of more than one part
- n. a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts
- v. create by mixing or combining
- adj. composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony
- v. make more intense, stronger, or more marked
- adj. consisting of two or more substances or ingredients or elements or parts
- v. calculate principal and interest
- n. an enclosure of residences and other building (especially in the Orient)
- v. put or add together
- n. (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
- v. combine so as to form a whole; mix.
- From Middle English compounen, from Middle French componre, compondre ("to put together"), from Latin componere, from Latin com- ("together") + ponere ("to put"). (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of Middle English compounen, from Old French componre, compondre, to put together, from Latin compōnere; see component.Alteration of Malay kampong, village. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“As the compound is already patented, her team will probably have to design something slightly different to be able to patent it as a new drug.”
“That last one was what you call a compound question, but no one was there to object to it, and Culver wasn't going to answer anyway, so what the hell?”
“For since they scruple not to reckon that which I call the compound”
The Sceptical Chymist or Chymico-Physical Doubts & Paradoxes, Touching the Spagyrist's Principles Commonly call'd Hypostatical; As they are wont to be Propos'd and Defended by the Generality of Alchymists. Whereunto is præmis'd Part of another Discourse relating to the same Subject.
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“This new compound is quite near the present camp and the prisoners will therefore continue to enjoy the advantages of living on the lakeside.”
“The compound is too little and will be enlarged on the delegate's demand.”
“Nowadays, this eight bedroom, twelve bathroom compound is more suited to an avid art collector or frequent entertainer.”
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