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Definition of "compound" [com•pound]

  • To combine so as to form a whole; mix. (verb-transitive)
  • To produce or create by combining two or more ingredients or parts: pharmacists compounding prescriptions. (verb-transitive)
  • To settle (a debt, for example) by agreeing on an amount less than the claim; adjust. (verb-transitive)
  • To compute (interest) on the principal and accrued interest. (verb-transitive)
  • To add to; increase: High winds compounded the difficulties of the firefighters. (verb-transitive)
  • A substance that contains atoms of two or more chemical elements held together by chemical bonds (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any combination of two or more parts, aspects, etc (noun)
  • A word formed from two existing words or combining forms (noun)
  • To mix or combine so as to create a compound or other product (verb)
  • To make by combining parts, elements, aspects, etc (verb)
  • To intensify by an added element (verb)
  • To calculate or pay (interest) on both the principal and its accrued interest (verb)
  • To come to an agreement in (a quarrel, dispute, etc) (verb)
  • To settle (a debt, promise, etc) for less than what is owed; compromise (verb)
  • To agree not to prosecute in return for a consideration (verb)
  • 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 (verb)
  • Composed of or created by the combination of two or more parts, elements, etc (adjective)
  • (of a word) consisting of elements that are also words or productive combining forms (adjective)
  • (of a sentence) formed by coordination of two or more sentences (adjective)
  • (of a verb or the tense, mood, etc, of a verb) formed by using an auxiliary verb in addition to the main verb (adjective)
  • Denoting a time in which the number of beats per bar is a multiple of three (adjective)
  • (of an interval) greater than an octave (adjective)
  • (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 (adjective)
  • (of a piston engine) having a turbocharger powered by a turbine in the exhaust stream (adjective)

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Use "compound" in a sentence
  • "_Write compound predicates_ after the following _compound subjects_."
  • "If you argue that a compound is a primitive weapon, I dont think so, I cant say I ever saw a picture of a Native American packing a matthews or hoyt."
  • "As the compound is already patented, her team will probably have to design something slightly different to be able to patent it as a new drug."