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Definition of: complement

(komplə·mənt) noun
1. That which fills up or completes; that which must be added to complete a symmetrical whole.
2. Full number: The vessel has her complement of men.
3. An addition or appendage; an accessory.
4. Geom. The amount by which an angle falls short of 90 degrees.
5. Gram. A word or phrase used after a verb of incomplete predication to complete the meaning of the sentence. A subjective complement describes or identifies the subject, as the noun president in He is president or in He was elected president or as the adjective happy in She is happy or in She was made happy. An objective complement describes or identifies the direct object, as the noun president in They elected him president or the adjective happy in It made her happy.
6. Music A musical interval which, with the interval already given, will complete an octave.
7. Immunology A complex system of unstable, heat-sensitive proteins normally present in human and other serums where it reacts with specific antibodies to destroy related antigens. Also called alexin.
v.t. To add or form a complement to; supplement; make complete; supply a lack in.
◆ Homophone: compliment. [<L complementum <complere COMPLETE]
(kom′plə·mentəl) adjective
ple·ment′er noun

Most often used phrases:

full complement
complement each other
two s complement
complement system
crew complement
orthogonal complement
ship s complement
complement component
standard complement
complement existing
total complement
perfect complement
normal complement
complement consisted
complement pathway

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"complement" has the frequency of use of 0.0002% on city-data.com forum

"complement" has the frequency of use of 0.0007% on en.wikipedia.org.

Phrases starting with the letter: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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