Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To play a jazz accompaniment, as on a piano or guitar.
  • n. Informal Something, such as a theater ticket or a book, given free of charge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A competition.
  • n. A comprehensive school
  • n. A complimentary ticket or item
  • n. A comparable.
  • n. A computer, especially a desktop computer
  • n. Compensation.
  • n. A composite, a composition
  • n. A comptroller.
  • n. A comprehensive examination.
  • n. A compile.
  • n. A compilation.
  • v. To accompany, in music
  • v. To compose (a visual design); to make a composite.
  • v. To provide (a complimentary item, such as a ticket,) to (someone).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An abbreviation of compare, comparative, composition, and compound.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Short for accompany.
Short for complimentary.

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  • Checking WordNet's contribution to dictionary.reference.com/browse/comp, I see bilby has it right.

    February 25, 2009

  • My guess for the above would be comprehensive (examination).

    February 25, 2009

  • It's also short for complimentary, and sometimes used as a verb in that form.

    February 25, 2009

  • The O.E.D. does give comp as an abbreviation of competition, as well as company, compositor and accompaniment.

    February 25, 2009

  • Competency, perhaps?

    February 25, 2009

  • I'm not familiar with the meaning WordNet indicates. For me the apocope would refer to either competition or complimentary depending on the context.

    February 25, 2009