|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
|1.||a substance that contains atoms of two or more chemical elements held together by chemical bonds|
|2.||any combination of two or more parts, aspects, etc|
|3.||a word formed from two existing words or combining forms|
|4.||to mix or combine so as to create a compound or other product|
|5.||to make by combining parts, elements, aspects, etc: to compound a new plastic|
|6.||to intensify by an added element: his anxiety was compounded by her crying|
|7.||finance to calculate or pay (interest) on both the principal and its accrued interest|
|8.||(also intr) to come to an agreement in (a quarrel, dispute, etc)|
|9.||(also intr) to settle (a debt, promise, etc) for less than what is owed; compromise|
|10.||law to agree not to prosecute in return for a consideration: to compound a crime|
|11.||electrical engineering to place duplex windings on the field coil of (a motor or generator), one acting as a shunt, the other being in series with the main circuit, thus making the machine self-regulating|
|12.||composed of or created by the combination of two or more parts, elements, etc|
|13.||(of a word) consisting of elements that are also words or productive combining forms|
|14.||(of a sentence) formed by coordination of two or more sentences|
|15.||(of a verb or the tense, mood, etc, of a verb) formed by using an auxiliary verb in addition to the main verb: the future in English is a compound tense involving the use of such auxiliary verbs as ``shall'' and ``will''|
|a. denoting a time in which the number of beats per bar is a multiple of three: six-four is an example of compound time|
|b. (of an interval) greater than an octave|
|17.||zoology another word for colonial|
|18.||(of a steam engine, turbine, etc) having multiple stages in which the steam or working fluid from one stage is used in a subsequent stage|
|19.||(of a piston engine) having a turbocharger powered by a turbine in the exhaust stream|
|[C14: from earlier compounen, from Old French compondre to collect, set in order, from Latin compōnere]|
|1.||(esp formerly in South Africa) an enclosure, esp on the mines, containing the living quarters for Black workers|
|2.||any similar enclosure, such as a camp for prisoners of war|
|3.||(formerly in India, China, etc) the enclosure in which a European's house or factory stood|
|[C17: by folk etymology (influenced by |
compound com·pound (kŏm'pound')
A combination of two or more elements or parts.
A pure, macroscopically homogeneous substance that consists of atoms or ions of different elements in definite proportions that cannot be separated by physical means, and that have properties unlike those of its constituent elements.
To combine so as to form a whole; mix.
To produce or create by combining two or more ingredients or parts.
|compound (kŏm'pound') Pronunciation Key
A substance consisting of atoms or ions of two or more different elements in definite proportions joined by chemical bonds into a molecule. The elements cannot be separated by physical means. Water, for example, is a compound having two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom per molecule.
Adjective Composed of more than one part, as a compound eye or leaf.