from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Forming or serving as a complement; completing.
- adj. Supplying mutual needs or offsetting mutual lacks.
- adj. Genetics Of or relating to a group of genes that act in concert to produce a specific phenotype.
- adj. Biochemistry Of or relating to the specific pairing of the purines and pyrimidines between strands of a DNA or an RNA molecule.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Acting as a complement.
- adj. Of the specific pairings of the bases in DNA and RNA.
- adj. Pertaining to pairs of properties in quantum mechanics that are inversely related to each other, such as speed and position, or energy and time. (See also Heisenberg uncertainty principle.)
- n. A complementary colour.
- n. One skilled in compliments.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Serving to fill out or to complete.
- n. One skilled in compliments.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Completing; supplying a deficiency; complemental.
- In logic and mathematics, together making up a fixed whole: as, complementary angles (that is, angles whose algebraic sum is 90°). See complement of an angle, under complement.
- Same as complimentary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of words or propositions so related that each is the negation of the other
- adj. acting as or providing a complement (something that completes the whole)
- n. either one of two chromatic colors that when mixed together give white (in the case of lights) or grey (in the case of pigments)
The term complementary implies similarity in the main elements of character with adaptable differences.
In general, the term complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is used to cover all the practices, other than the standard medical care techniques (or conventional methods).
BETHANY MARSHALL, PSYCHOANALYST: I think she and Howard Stern are what we call complementary narcissists, meaning that they have the unique individual attributes of narcissists, but that ` s blossomed once they got together, so they feel that they ` re special, unique, above the law.
Like many other practices that we label complementary or alternative medicine, ayurveda has not received conventional medicine's warm embrace.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is a repository of information and research findings on the effectiveness of what are commonly called "complementary" treatments.
I teach archaeology (another space-time discipline) through screen media in complementary ways.
I think you're right about opera and orchestra reviews (subscription concerts are, after all, still reviewed on deadline), but I think there's a certain complementary liveliness that comes from not having to shoehorn in a thumbs-up/thumbs-down judgement, even one on a more realistic continuum.
Gentiles nationwide are talking about Jews and Christmas, and not in complementary terms, either.
The reason for the lack of action otherwise: the Complaints Unit say that the impartiality (or not) of the main complementary medicine pages is outside their remit, unless there's a case to be argued for irresponsibility or potential harm.
In North America, holistic health care practices are usually called complementary and alternative medicine, sometimes referred to as CAM.