from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being compatible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or power of being compatible or congruous; congruity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being compatible; in which two or more things are able to exist or perform together in combination without problems or conflict.
  • noun telecommunications the capability of two or more items or components of equipment or material to exist or function in the same system or environment without mutual interference.
  • noun computing the ability to execute a given program on different types of computers without modification of the program or the computers. See backward compatibility and forward compatibility.
  • noun computing the capability that allows the substitution of one subsystem (storage facility), or of one functional unit (e.g., hardware, software), for the originally designated system or functional unit in a relatively transparent manner, without loss of information and without the introduction of errors.
  • noun structural analysis the continuity or good fit of material or members or components while being deformed.

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

  • noun capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination
  • noun a feeling of sympathetic understanding


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  • A lovely word in every way; underrated.

    November 24, 2007