Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having to do with or being a complement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Forming a complement; supplying a deficiency; completing.
  • In zoology, forming a complement to the female or to a hermaphrodite; complementary: applied to minute or rudimentary males of some animals, as cirripeds.
  • Additional and ornamental; supplemental.
  • Complimentary.
  • Accomplished.

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

  • adjective Supplying, or tending to supply, a deficiency; fully completing.
  • adjective obsolete Complimentary; courteous.
  • adjective (Physiol.) the air (averaging 100 cubic inches) which can be drawn into the lungs in addition to the tidal air, by the deepest possible inspiration.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) peculiar small males living parasitically on the ordinary hermaphrodite individuals of certain barnacles.

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

  • adjective Of the nature of a complement; completing.
  • adjective Complementary.
  • adjective obsolete Additional; supplemental, accessory; ancillary.
  • adjective obsolete Of the nature of a ceremony that is not essential but accessory; ceremonial; ceremonious; formal.
  • adjective obsolete Of persons: accomplished; talented; experienced.
  • adjective obsolete Complimentary.

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

  • adjective acting as or providing a complement (something that completes the whole)

Etymologies

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From complement +‎ -al.

Examples

  • But in some genera the larvæ become developed into hermaphrodites having the ordinary structure, and into what I have called complemental males; and in the latter the development has assuredly been retrograde, for the male is a mere sack, which lives for a short time and is destitute of mouth, stomach, and every other organ of importance, excepting those for reproduction.

    XIV. Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings: Morphology-Embryology-Rudimentary Organs. Development and Embryology

  • But in some genera the larvae become developed either into hermaphrodites having the ordinary structure, or into what I have called complemental males: and in the latter, the development has assuredly been retrograde; for the male is a mere sack, which lives for a short time, and is destitute of mouth, stomach, or other organ of importance, excepting for reproduction.

    On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life

  • But in some genera the larvae become developed either into hermaphrodites having the ordinary structure, or into what I have called complemental males: and in the latter, the development has assuredly been retrograde; for the male is a mere sack, which lives for a short time, and is destitute of mouth, stomach, or other organ of importance, excepting for reproduction.

    On the Origin of Species~ Chapter 13 (historical)

  • But in some genera the larvæ become developed either into hermaphrodites having the ordinary structure, or into what I have called complemental males: and in the latter, the development has assuredly been retrograde; for the male is

    On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. (2nd edition)

  • But in some genera the larvae become developed either into hermaphrodites having the ordinary structure, or into what I have called complemental males: and in the latter, the development has assuredly been retrograde; for the male is a mere sack, which lives for a short time, and is destitute of mouth, stomach, or other organ of importance, excepting for reproduction.

    On the origin of species

  • In this country, however, we have not so far been so fortunate, or otherwise, as to attain the Continental ideal of what the graphic portion of a literary performance should be; and the question is intimately associated, particularly in France and among foreign buyers of the French school, who are numerous in all parts of the world, with that of binding, inasmuch as a volume possessing pictorial embellishments of whatever kind must fulfil all requirements in that respect no less than in the outward vesture, and what may be termed the complemental book-plate.

    The Book-Collector A General Survey of the Pursuit and of those who have engaged in it at Home and Abroad from the Earliest Period to the Present Time

  • Also in Stop Smiling, Nicolas Rapold on the new edition of Don't Look Back, which includes Bob Dylan 65 Revisited, "a kind of complemental alternate take."

    GreenCine Daily: DVDs, 2/20.

  • It is when we consider the reproductive organs themselves and their forms of activity, and such parts of the organism modified directly in relation to them, that a real and important difference is found to exist, radical though absolutely complemental.

    Woman and Labour

  • Wherefore, hereditary succession in the early ages of monarchy could not take place as a matter of claim, but as something casual or complemental; but as few or no records were extant in those days, the traditionary history stuff'd with fables, it was very easy, after the lapse of a few generations, to trump up some superstitious tale conveniently timed, Mahomet-like, to cram hereditary right down the throats of the vulgar.

    Common Sense

  • Neoteinic: applied to complemental females in Termites because, though reproductive, they retain some juvenile characters.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

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