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comparativemethod
comparative method n. 1. Comparison of languages with the goal of establishing their descent from a common ancestor. 2. Comparison of phonemes, morphemes, words, or syntactic ...
comparator
/keuhm par"euh teuhr, kom"peuh ray'-/, n. 1. any of various instruments for making comparisons, as of lengths or distances, tints of colors, etc. 2. Electronics. a circuit for ...
compare
—comparer, n. /keuhm pair"/, v., compared, comparing, n. v.t. 1. to examine (two or more objects, ideas, people, etc.) in order to note similarities and differences: to compare ...
comparer
See compare. * * *
Comparing Apples and Oranges: A Nutrient Scorecard
▪ Table Comparing apples and oranges: a nutrient scorecard fruit nutrient index (daily value per 100 grams [3.2 ounces]) calories per ...
comparison
/keuhm par"euh seuhn/, n. 1. the act of comparing. 2. the state of being compared. 3. a likening; illustration by similitude; comparative estimate or statement. 4. Rhet. the ...
comparison microscope
Optics. a microscope having two objective lenses and using a system of prisms to form in one eyepiece adjacent images of two different objects. [1935-40] * * *
Comparison of energy, carbohydrates, and alcohol in some common beverages
▪ Table Comparison of energy, carbohydrates, and alcohol in some common beverages* beverage typical volume (fl oz)** energy (kcal) carbohy- drates (g) alcohol ...
Comparison of Euclidean, spherical, and hyperbolic geometries
▪ Table Comparison of Euclidean, spherical, and hyperbolic geometries Given a line and a point not on the line, there exist(s) ____________ through the given point and ...
Comparison of the physical properties of molecular forms of hydrogen
▪ Table Comparison of the physical properties of molecular forms of hydrogen ordinary hydrogen hydrogen deuteride deuterium gram molecular volume of the solid at the triple ...
comparison shopper
an employee of a retail store hired to visit competing stores in order to gather information regarding styles, quality, prices, etc., of merchandise offered by competitors. * * *
comparison test
Math. the theorem that a given infinite series converges if the absolute value of each term of the given series is less than or equal to the corresponding term in a known ...
comparison-shop
/keuhm par"euh seuhn shop'/, v., comparison-shopped, comparison-shopping. v.i. 1. to compare prices and quality of competing merchandise. v.t. 2. to compare prices and quality of ...
comparsa
/keuhm pahr"seuh/, n. a song and folk dance of Cuba. [ < AmerSp, Sp: masquerade, group of theatrical supernumeraries < It: supernumerary (fem.), appearance, n. use of fem. of ...
compart
/keuhm pahrt"/, v.t. 1. to separate or mark out in parts; subdivide. 2. to distribute and give proportional relationships to the parts of (an architectural design). [1565-75; < ...
compartimento
/kawm pahrdd'tee men"taw/, n., pl. compartimenti /-tee/. Italian. any of the 18 administrative districts into which Italy is divided. * * *
compartment
/keuhm pahrt"meuhnt/, n. 1. a part or space marked or partitioned off. 2. a separate room, section, etc.: a baggage compartment. 3. U.S. Railroads. a private bedroom with toilet ...
compartmental
—compartmentally, adv. /keuhm pahrt men"tl, kom'pahrt-/, adj. divided into compartments: a compartmental office; a compartmental agency. [1855-60; COMPARTMENT + -AL1] * * *
compartmentalization
See compartmentalize. * * *
compartmentalize
—compartmentalization, n. /keuhm pahrt men"tl uyz', kom'pahrt-/, v.t., compartmentalized, compartmentalizing. to divide into categories or compartments. Also, esp. Brit., ...
compass
—compassable, adj. —compassless, adj. /kum"peuhs/, n. 1. an instrument for determining directions, as by means of a freely rotating magnetized needle that indicates magnetic ...
compass card
Navig. a circular card with magnets attached to its underside, the face divided on its rim into points of the compass, degrees clockwise from north, or both, and floating or ...
compass course
Naut. a course whose bearing is relative to the meridian as given by the navigator's compass, no compensation being made for variation or deviation. Cf. true course, magnetic ...
compass deviation
deviation (def. 4). * * *
compass deviation card
a card, sheet, or the like, with two compass roses printed on it concentrically, for recording, on a given voyage, the amount of deviation for which the navigator must compensate ...
compass north
Navig. magnetic north, as indicated on a particular compass at a given moment. * * *
compass plane
Carpentry. a plane for smoothing curved surfaces. [1840-50] * * *
compass plant
any of various plants having leaves that tend to lie in a plane at right angles to the strongest light, hence usually north and south, esp. Silphium laciniatum. [1840-50] * * *
compass rafter
a rafter cut to a curve on one or both edges. * * *
compass rose
1. Navig. a circle divided into 32 points or 360° numbered clockwise from true or magnetic north, printed on a chart or the like as a means of determining the course of a vessel ...
compass saw
Carpentry. a small handsaw with a narrow, tapering blade for cutting curves of small radii; whipsaw. Cf. keyhole saw. [1670-80] * * *
compassable
See compass. * * *
compasscard
compass card n. A freely pivoting circular disk carrying the magnetic needles of a compass and marked with the 32 points of the compass and the 360 degrees of the circle. * * *
compassion
—compassionless, adj. /keuhm pash"euhn/, n. 1. a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the ...
compassion fatigue
a lack of sympathy for suffering, as a result of continuous exposure to those in need of aid. [1980-85, Amer.] * * *
compassionate
—compassionately, adv. —compassionateness, n. adj. /keuhm pash"euh nit/; v. /keuhm pash"euh nayt'/, adj., v., compassionated, compassionating. adj. 1. having or showing ...
compassionately
See compassionate. * * *
compassionateness
See compassionately. * * *
compassionfatigue
compassion fatigue n. A jaded attitude on the part of a contributor toward appeals for donations or charitable aid. * * *
compassionless
See compassion. * * *
compassplant
compass plant n. A perennial herb (Silphium laciniatum) in the composite family, native to prairie regions of the Midwest United States and having radiate yellow flower heads and ...
compaternity
/kom'peuh terr"ni tee/, n. the relationship between the godparents of a child or between the godparents and the child's parents. [1400-50; late ME compaternite < ML ...
compathy
/kom"peuh thee/, n. feelings, as happiness or grief, shared with another or others. [COM- + -PATHY] * * *
compatibilism
Thesis that free will, in the sense required for moral responsibility, is consistent with universal causal determinism. It is important to distinguish the question of the ...
compatibility
See compatible. * * *
compatible
—compatibility, compatibleness, n. —compatibly, adv. /keuhm pat"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. capable of existing or living together in harmony: the most compatible married couple I ...
compatibleness
See compatibility. * * *
compatibly
See compatibility. * * *
compatriot
—compatriotic /keuhm pay'tree ot"ik/ or, esp. Brit., /-pa'-/, adj. —compatriotism, n. /keuhm pay"tree euht/ or, esp. Brit., /-pa"-/, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of one's own ...
compatriotic
See compatriot. * * *
Compazine
/kom"peuh zeen'/, Pharm., Trademark. a brand of prochlorperazine. * * *
compd
compd abbrev. compound * * *
compd.
compound. * * *
compeer
/keuhm pear", kom"pear/, n. 1. an equal in rank, ability, accomplishment, etc.; peer; colleague. 2. close friend; comrade. v.t. 3. Archaic. to be the equal of; match. [1325-75; ...
compel
—compellable, adj. —compellably, adv. —compellent, adj. —compeller, n. —compellingly, adv. /keuhm pel"/, v., compelled, compelling. v.t. 1. to force or drive, esp. to a ...
compellable
See compel. * * *
compellably
See compellable. * * *
compellation
/kom'peuh lay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of addressing a person. 2. manner or form of address; appellation. [1595-1605; < L compellation- (s. of compellatio) an accosting, a rebuke. ...
compeller
See compellable. * * *
compelling
/keuhm pel"ing/, adj. 1. tending to compel; overpowering: compelling reasons. 2. having a powerful and irresistible effect; requiring acute admiration, attention, or respect: a ...
compend
compend [käm′pend΄] n. COMPENDIUM * * * com·pend (kŏmʹpĕnd') n. A compendium. * * *
compendia
com·pen·di·a (kəm-pĕnʹdē-ə) n. A plural of compendium. * * *
compendious
—compendiously, adv. —compendiousness, n. /keuhm pen"dee euhs/, adj. of or like a compendium; containing the substance of a subject, often an exclusive subject, in a brief ...
compendiously
See compendious. * * *
compendium
/keuhm pen"dee euhm/, n., pl. compendiums, compendia /-dee euh/. 1. a brief treatment or account of a subject, esp. an extensive subject; concise treatise: a compendium of ...
compensable
—compensability, n. /keuhm pen"seuh beuhl/, adj. eligible for or subject to compensation, esp. for a bodily injury. [1655-65; COMPENS(ATE) + -ABLE] * * *
compensate
—compensatingly, adv. —compensator, n. /kom"peuhn sayt'/, v., compensated, compensating. v.t. 1. to recompense for something: They gave him ten dollars to compensate him for ...
compensated grade
Railroads. a grade that has been reduced along a curve to offset the additional resistance due to the curve. * * *
compensating balance
1. Also, compensated balance, compensation balance. a balance wheel in a timepiece, designed to compensate for variations in tension in the hair spring caused by changes in ...
compensation
—compensational, adj. /kom'peuhn say"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or state of compensating. 2. the state of being compensated. 3. something given or received as an equivalent for ...
compensation neurosis
Psychiatry. an unconscious attempt to retain physical or psychological symptoms of illness when some advantage may be obtained (distinguished from malingering). [1920-25] * * *
compensational
See compensation. * * *
compensative
See compensate. * * *
compensator
compensator [käm′pən sāt΄ər] n. 1. a person or thing that compensates 2. any of various devices or circuits used to correct or offset some disturbing action, as speed ...
compensatory
/keuhm pen"seuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. 1. serving to compensate, as for loss, lack, or injury. 2. countercyclical. Also, compensative /kom"peuhn say'tiv, keuhm ...
compensatory damages
Law. damages, measured by the harm suffered, awarded to the injured person as due compensation. Cf. punitive damages. * * *
compensatory lengthening
Historical Ling. the lengthening of a vowel when a following consonant is weakened or lost, as the change from Old English niht /nikht/ to night /nuyt/, with loss of /kh/ and ...
compensatorytime
compensatory time n. Time off given to an employee in place of overtime pay. * * *
compère
/kom"pair/, n., v., compèred, compèring. Brit. n. 1. a host, master of ceremonies, or the like, esp. of a stage revue or television program. v.t. 2. to act as compère for: to ...
Compère, Loyset
▪ Flemish composer born c. 1445, Hainaut? [now in Belgium] died Aug. 16, 1518, Saint-Quentin, France       important composer of the Franco-Netherlandish school, best ...
compete
—competer, n. —competingly, adv. /keuhm peet"/, v.i., competed, competing. to strive to outdo another for acknowledgment, a prize, supremacy, profit, etc.; engage in a ...
competence
/kom"pi teuhns/, n. 1. the quality of being competent; adequacy; possession of required skill, knowledge, qualification, or capacity: He hired her because of her competence as an ...
competence and jurisdiction
▪ law       in law, the authority of a court to deal with specific matters. Competence refers to the legal “ability” of a court to exert jurisdiction over a person ...
competency
/kom"pi teuhn see/, n., pl. competencies. competence (defs. 1-4). [1585-95; ( < MF) < ML competentia suitability, competence (L: proportion). See COMPETENT, -CY] * * *
competent
—competently, adv. /kom"pi teuhnt/, adj. 1. having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc., for some purpose; properly qualified: He is perfectly competent to ...
competently
See competent. * * *
competition
/kom'pi tish"euhn/, n. 1. the act of competing; rivalry for supremacy, a prize, etc.: The competition between the two teams was bitter. 2. a contest for some prize, honor, or ...
Competition Commission
an independent organization set up by the British government to replace the Monopolies and Mergers Commission in 1999. Its job is to prevent unfair trading when single companies ...
competitive
—competitively, adv. —competitiveness, n. /keuhm pet"i tiv/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, involving, or decided by competition: competitive sports; a competitive ...
competitive exclusion, principle of
▪ biology also called  Gause's principle, or Grinnell's axiom        (after G.F. Gause, a Soviet biologist, and J. Grinnell, an American naturalist, who first clearly ...
competitively
See competitive. * * *
competitiveness
See competitively. * * *
competitor
—competitorship, n. /keuhm pet"i teuhr/, n. a person, team, company, etc., that competes; rival. [1525-35; < L competitor rival for an office, equiv. to com- COM- + petitor ...
competitory
/keuhm pet"i tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. competitive. [1725-35; COMPETI(TOR) + -TORY1] * * *
Compiègne
/kawonn pyen"yeu/, n. a city in N France, on the Oise River: nearby were signed the armistices between the Allies and Germany 1918, and between Germany and France 1940. 40,720. * ...
compilation
—compilatory /keuhm puy"leuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /kom'peuh lay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of compiling: the compilation of documents. 2. something compiled, as a reference ...
compile
/keuhm puyl"/, v.t., compiled, compiling. 1. to put together (documents, selections, or other materials) in one book or work. 2. to make (a book, writing, or the like) of ...
compiler
/keuhm puy"leuhr/, n. 1. a person who compiles. 2. Also called compiling routine. Computers. a computer program that translates a program written in a high-level language into ...
complacence
com·pla·cence (kəm-plāʹsəns) n. 1. Contented self-satisfaction. 2. Total lack of concern. * * *
complacency
/keuhm play"seuhn see/, n., pl. complacencies. 1. a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or ...
complacent
—complacently, adv. /keuhm play"seuhnt/, adj. 1. pleased, esp. with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or ...
complacently
See complacent. * * *
complain
—complainable, adj. —complainer, n. —complainingly, adv. /keuhm playn"/, v.i. 1. to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; find fault: He ...
complainant
/keuhm play"neuhnt/, n. a person, group, or company that makes a complaint, as in a legal action. [1375-1425; late ME < AF compleignant (prp. of compleindre). See COMPLAIN, ...
complainer
See complain. * * *
complaint
/keuhm playnt"/, n. 1. an expression of discontent, regret, pain, censure, resentment, or grief; lament; faultfinding: his complaint about poor schools. 2. a cause of discontent, ...
complaisance
/keuhm play"seuhns, -zeuhns, kom"pleuh zans'/, n. 1. the quality of being complaisant. 2. a complaisant act. [1645-55; < F; see COMPLAISANT, -ANCE] * * *
complaisant
—complaisantly, adv. /keuhm play"seuhnt, -zeuhnt, kom"pleuh zant'/, adj. inclined or disposed to please; obliging; agreeable or gracious; compliant: the most complaisant child ...
complaisantly
See complaisant. * * *
complanate
—complanation, n. /kom"pleuh nayt'/, adj. made level; put into or on one plane. [1635-45; < L complanatus (ptp. of complanare to make level), equiv. to com- COM- + plan(us) ...
compleat
/keuhm pleet"/, adj. highly skilled and accomplished in all aspects; complete; total: the compleat actor, at home in comedy and tragedy. [1875-80; earlier sp. of COMPLETE, used ...
Compleat Angler, The
a book on fishing (1653) by Izaak Walton. * * *
complect
/keuhm plekt"/, v.t. Obs. to interweave; intertwine. [1515-25; < L complecti to embrace, enfold, equiv. to com- COM- + plect(ere) to PLAIT, braid + -i pass. inf. ending; cf. ...
complected
/keuhm plek"tid/, adj. Informal. complexioned: a light-complected boy. [1800-10, Amer.; complect- (back formation from COMPLEXION, presumably taken as *complection) + ...
complection
/keuhm plek"sheuhn/, n. complexion. [by misanalysis; see COMPLECTED] * * *
complement
—complementer, n. n. /kom"pleuh meuhnt/; v. /kom"pleuh ment'/, n. 1. something that completes or makes perfect: A good wine is a complement to a good meal. 2. the quantity or ...
complement clause
Ling. a subordinate clause that functions as the subject, direct object, or prepositional object of a verb, as that you like it in I'm surprised that you like it. Also called ...
complement fixation
Immunol. the binding of complement to immune complexes or to certain foreign surfaces, as those of invading microorganisms. [1905-10] * * *
complement-fixation test
/kom"pleuh meuhnt fik say"sheuhn/, Med. a test for diagnosing an infectious disease by detecting the presence of antibody in the blood, based on the fixing of a known quantity of ...
complemental
—complementally, adv. /kom'pleuh men"tl/, adj. 1. complementary; completing. 2. Obs. a. accomplished. b. ceremonious. c. complimentary. [1595-1605; COMPLEMENT + -AL1] * * *
complementally
See complemental. * * *
complementarily
See complementary. * * *
complementariness
See complementarily. * * *
complementarity
/kom'pleuh men tar"i tee/, n. the quality or state of being complementary. [1910-15; COMPLEMENTAR(Y) + -ITY] * * *
complementarity principle
Physics. the principle that experiments on physical systems of atomic size or smaller, as electrons or photons, can exhibit either particle or wave behavior but not both ...
complementary
—complementariness, n. /kom'pleuh men"teuh ree, -tree/, adj., n., pl. complementaries. adj. 1. forming a complement; completing. 2. complementing each other. n. 3. See ...
complementary angle
Math. either of two angles that added together produce an angle of 90°. Cf. supplementary angle. * * *
complementary base
Genetics. either of the nucleotide bases linked by a hydrogen bond on opposite strands of DNA or double-stranded RNA: guanine is the complementary base of cytosine, and adenine ...
complementary cells
Bot. cells fitting closely together in the lenticel. [1880-85] * * *
complementary color
1. Art. a. one of a pair of primary or secondary colors opposed to the other member of the pair on a schematic chart or scale (color wheel), as green opposed to red, orange ...
complementary colors
complementary colors n. any of two colors of the spectrum that, combined in the right intensities, produce white or nearly white light * * *
complementary distribution
Ling. a relation such that the members of a pair or set of phones, morphs, or other linguistic units have no environment in common, as aspirated "p" and unaspirated "p" in ...
complementary strand
Biochem. 1. either of the two chains that make up a double helix of DNA, with corresponding positions on the two chains being composed of a pair of complementary bases. 2. a ...
complementaryangles
complementary angles Angles AOC + COB = 90°. Clarinda/Academy Artworks pl.n. Two angles whose sum is 90°. * * *
complementarycolor
complementary color n. 1. Either one of two colors whose mixture in the right proportions produces white (in the case of light) or gray (in the case of pigment). 2. A color ...
complementaryDNA
complementary DNA n. Abbr. cDNA Single-stranded DNA synthesized in the laboratory using messenger RNA as a template and the enzyme reverse transcriptase. * * *
complementarymedicine
complementary medicine n. A method of health care that combines the therapies and philosophies of conventional medicine with those of alternative medicines, such as acupuncture, ...
complementation
/kom'pleuh meuhn tay"sheuhn/, n. 1. See complementary distribution. 2. Genetics. the occurrence of a wild-type phenotype when two closely related, interacting mutant genes are ...
complemented
/kom"pleuh men'tid/, adj. 1. having a complement or complements. 2. Math. (of a lattice containing a smallest element and a greatest element) having the property that ...
complementfixation
complement fixation n. The binding of active serum complement to an antigen-antibody pair. It is the basis for various diagnostic tests to detect the presence of a specific ...
complementizer
/kom"pleuh meuhn tuy'zeuhr/, n. Ling. an element or elements marking a complement clause, as that in We thought that you forgot, for ... to in For you to go all the way there ...
complete
—completable, adj. —completedness, n. —completely, adv. —completeness, n. —completer, n. —completive, adj. —completively, adv. /keuhm pleet"/, adj., v., completed, ...
complete blood count
a diagnostic test that determines the exact numbers of each type of blood cell in a fixed quantity of blood. Abbr.: CBC * * *
complete fertilizer
a fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, the three principal elements required for plant nutrition. [1895-1900] * * *
complete fracture
a bone fracture in which the bone is split completely across. * * *
complete metamorphosis
insect development in which egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages occur, each differing greatly in morphology. [1840-50] * * *
Complete Peerage, The
▪ British publication in full  The Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom Extant Extinct or Dormant        exhaustive ...
complete quadrilateral
Geom. a plane figure composed of four straight lines and their points of intersection. * * *
completeblood count
complete blood count n. Abbr. CBC The determination of the quantity of each type of blood cell in a given sample of blood, often including the amount of hemoglobin, the ...
completely
See complete. * * *
completely normal space
Math. a normal topological space in which every subspace is normal. * * *
completely regular space
Math. a topological space in which, for every point and a closed set not containing the point, there is a continuous function that has value 0 at the given point and value 1 at ...
completemetamorphosis
complete metamorphosis n. The complete form of metamorphosis in which an insect passes through four separate stages of growth, as embryo, larva, pupa, and imago. Also called ...
completeness
See completely. * * * Concept of the adequacy of a formal system that is employed both in proof theory and in model theory (see logic). In proof theory, a formal system is said ...
completer set
a set of supplementary pieces that completes a set of dishes, as creamer, sugar bowl, platter, gravy boat, and vegetable dish. * * *
completing the square
Math. a method, usually of solving quadratic equations, by which a quadratic expression, as x2 - 4x + 3, is written as the sum or difference of a perfect square and a constant, ...
completion
/keuhm plee"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of completing. 2. the state of being completed. 3. conclusion; fulfillment: Her last novel represented the completion of her literary ...
completist
/keuhm plee"tist/, n. a collector who attempts to collect an example of every item in a particular field. [1955-60; COMPLETE + -IST] * * *
completive
See completely. * * *
complex
—complexly, adv. —complexness, n. adj., v. /keuhm pleks", kom"pleks/; n. /kom"pleks/, adj. 1. composed of many interconnected parts; compound; composite: a complex highway ...
complex analysis
Math. the branch of mathematics dealing with analytic functions of a complex variable. * * *
complex carbohydrate
a carbohydrate, as sucrose or starch, that consists of two or more monosaccharide units. * * *
complex fraction
Math. a fraction in which the numerator or the denominator or both contain one or more fractions. Also called compound fraction. [1820-30] * * *
complex ion
Chem. a charged complex. Cf. complex (def. 10). * * *
complex machine
Mech. machine (def. 4c). * * *
complex number
a mathematical expression (a + bi) in which a and b are real numbers and i2 = -1. [1825-35] * * * Any number consisting of both real numbers and imaginary numbers. It has the ...
complex plane
Math. a plane the points of which are complex numbers. Cf. Argand diagram. [1905-10] * * *
complex sentence
a sentence containing one or more dependent clauses in addition to the main clause, as When the bell rings (dependent clause), walk out (main clause). [1880-85] * * *
complex variable
Math. a variable to which complex numbers may be assigned as value. [1875-80] * * * In mathematics, a variable that can take on the value of a complex number. In basic algebra, ...
complexconjugate
complex conjugate n. Either one of a pair of complex numbers whose real parts are identical and whose imaginary parts differ only in sign; for example, 6 + 4i and 6 - 4i are ...
complexfraction
complex fraction n. A fraction in which the numerator or the denominator or both contain fractions. Also called compound fraction. * * *
complexing agent
/keuhm plek"sing/, Chem. See under complex (def. 10). * * *
complexion
—complexional, adj. —complexionally, adv. /keuhm plek"sheuhn/, n. 1. the natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, esp. of the face: a clear, smooth, rosy ...
complexional
See complexion. * * *
complexioned
/keuhm plek"sheuhnd/, adj. having a specified complexion (usually used in combination): a light-complexioned person. [1375-1425; late ME; see COMPLEXION, -ED3] Usage. See ...
complexionless
/keuhm plek"sheuhn lis/, adj. lacking in usual color; wan. [1855-60; COMPLEXION + -LESS] * * *
complexity
/keuhm plek"si tee/, n., pl. complexities for 2. 1. the state or quality of being complex; intricacy: the complexity of urban life. 2. something complex: the complexities of ...
complexitytheory
complexity theory n. The study of how order, structure, and pattern arise from extremely complicated, apparently chaotic systems. * * *
complexly
See complex. * * *
complexness
See complexly. * * *
complexnumber
complex number n. Any number of the form a + bi, where a and b are real numbers and i is an imaginary number whose square equals -1. * * *
complexometry
/kom'plek som"i tree/, n. a chemical technique using the formation of a colored complex to indicate the end of a titration. Also called complexometric titration /keuhm plek' seuh ...
complexplane
complex plane n. A plane whose points have complex numbers as their coordinates. * * *
complexvariable
complex variable n. An expression of the form x + iy, where x and y are real variables and i2 = -1. * * *
compliable
—compliableness, n. —compliably, adv. /keuhm pluy"euh beuhl/, adj. Archaic. compliant. [1625-35; COMPLY + -ABLE] * * *
compliance
/keuhm pluy"euhns/, n. 1. the act of conforming, acquiescing, or yielding. 2. a tendency to yield readily to others, esp. in a weak and subservient way. 3. conformity; ...
compliancy
/keuhm pluy"euhn see/, n., pl. compliancies. compliance (defs. 1, 2, 4). [COMPLY + -ANCY] * * *
compliant
—compliantly, adv. /keuhm pluy"euhnt/, adj. 1. complying; obeying, obliging, or yielding, esp. in a submissive way: a man with a compliant nature. 2. manufactured or produced ...
compliantly
See compliant. * * *
complicacy
/kom"pli keuh see/, n., pl. complicacies for 2. 1. the state of being complicated; complicatedness. 2. a complication: the numerous complicacies of travel in such a remote ...
complicate
v. /kom"pli kayt'/; adj. /kom"pli kit/, v., complicated, complicating, adj. v.t. 1. to make complex, intricate, involved, or difficult: His recovery from the operation was ...
complicated
—complicatedly, adv. —complicatedness, n. /kom"pli kay'tid/, adj. 1. composed of elaborately interconnected parts; complex: complicated apparatus for measuring brain ...
complicatedly
See complicated. * * *
complicatedness
See complicatedly. * * *
complication
—complicative, adj. /kom'pli kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of complicating. 2. a complicated or involved state or condition. 3. a complex combination of elements or things. 4. ...
complice
/kom"plis/, n. Archaic. an accomplice or associate. [1425-75; late ME < MF < LL complice-, obl. s. of complex confederate (formation modeled on simplex SIMPLEX), equiv. to com- ...
complicit
com·plic·it (kəm-plĭsʹĭt) adj. Associated with or participating in a questionable act or a crime; having complicity: newspapers complicit with the propaganda arm of a ...
complicitous
complicitous [kəm plis′ə təs] adj. having or showing complicity; implicated: also complicit [kəmplis′it] * * *
complicity
—complicitous, adj. /keuhm plis"i tee/, n., pl. complicities. the state of being an accomplice; partnership or involvement in wrongdoing: complicity in a crime. [1650-60; < LL ...
complier
/keuhm pluy"euhr/, n. a person, group, etc., that complies. [1605-15; COMPLY + -ER1] * * *
compliment
—complimentable, adj. —complimenter, n. —complimentingly, adv. n. /kom"pleuh meuhnt/; v. /kom"pleuh ment'/, n. 1. an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration: A ...
complimentarily
See complimentary. * * *
complimentary
—complimentarily, adv. —complimentariness, n. /kom'pleuh men"teuh ree, -tree/, adj., n., pl. complimentaries. adj. 1. of the nature of, conveying, or expressing a compliment, ...
complimentary close
/klohz/ the part of a letter that by convention immediately precedes the signature, as "Very truly yours," "Cordially," or "Sincerely yours." Also, complimentary closing. Also ...
complimentaryclose
complimentary close (klōz) n. Words, such as Yours truly, that appear at the end of a letter and just before the writer's signature, used as a polite termination of the ...
compline
/kom"plin, -pluyn/, n. Eccles. the last of the seven canonical hours, or the service for it, originally occurring after the evening meal but now usually following immediately ...
complot
—complotment, n. —complotter, n. n. /kom"plot'/; v. /keuhm plot"/, n., v., complotted, complotting. n. 1. a plot involving several participants; conspiracy. v.t., v.i. 2. to ...
Complutensian Polyglot Bible
      the first of several editions of the Bible in which the text was presented in several languages in adjacent columns. The Complutensian Polyglot presented the Old ...
comply
/keuhm pluy"/, v.i., complied, complying. 1. to act or be in accordance with wishes, requests, demands, requirements, conditions, etc.; agree (sometimes fol. by with): They asked ...
compo
/kom"poh/, n., pl. compos. composition material. [by shortening; cf. -O] * * *
component
—componential /kom'peuh nen"sheuhl/, componental, adj. —componented, adj. /keuhm poh"neuhnt, kom-/, n. 1. a constituent part; element; ingredient. 2. a part of a mechanical ...
Component Stocks of Dow Jones Industrial Index
▪ Table (as of December 2002)   Company Year added 3M Co. 19762 Alcoa, Inc. 19992 American Express Co. 1982  AT&T Corp. 19942 Boeing Co. 1987  Caterpillar, ...
componential
See component. * * *
componential analysis
Ling. the analysis of a set of related linguistic items, esp. word meanings, into combinations of features in terms of which each item may be compared with every other, as in the ...
componentry
/keuhm poh"neuhn tree/, n. the components of a machine, vehicle, stereo system, etc. [COMPONENT + -RY] * * *
compony
/keuhm poh"nee/, adj. Heraldry. composed of a single row of squares, metal and color alternating; gobony. Also, componé /keuhm poh"nee/; Fr. /kawonn paw nay"/. [1565-75; < MF ...
comport
comport1 /keuhm pawrt", -pohrt"/, v.t. 1. to bear or conduct (oneself); behave: He comported himself with dignity. v.i. 2. to be in agreement, harmony, or conformity (usually ...
comportance
/keuhm pawr"tns, -pohr"-/, n. Obs. comportment. [1580-90; COMPORT1 + -ANCE] * * *
comportment
/keuhm pawrt"meuhnt, -pohrt"-/, n. personal bearing or conduct; demeanor; behavior. [1590-1600; < MF comportement. See COMPORT1, -MENT] Syn. See behavior. * * *
compos
com·pos (kŏmʹpəs) adj. Compos mentis; sane: “The well-being of the country, even the survival of the world, depends on the president's being compos” (Morton Kondracke). ...
compos mentis
/kohm"pohs men"tis/; Eng. /kom"peuhs men"tis/ Latin. sane; mentally sound. [lit., being in full possession of one's mind] * * *
compose
—composable, adj. /keuhm pohz"/, v., composed, composing. v.t. 1. to make or form by combining things, parts, or elements: He composed his speech from many research notes. 2. ...
composed
—composedly /keuhm poh"zid lee/, adv. —composedness, n. /keuhm pohzd"/, adj. calm; tranquil; serene: His composed face reassured the nervous passengers. [1475-85; COMPOSE + ...
composedly
See composed. * * *
composedness
See composedly. * * *
composer
/keuhm poh"zeuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that composes. 2. a person who writes music. 3. an author. [1555-65; COMPOSE + -ER1] * * *
composing room
a room in which compositors work in a printing establishment. [1730-40] * * *
composing stick
Print. a portable, adjustable, usually metal tray that the compositor holds in one hand while placing in it type gathered with the other hand. Also called job stick. [1670-80] * ...
composingroom
com·pos·ing room (kəm-pōʹzĭng) n. A room where typesetting is done. * * *
composingstick
composing stick n. A small shallow tray, usually metal and with an adjustable end, in which type is set by hand. Also called job stick. * * *
Composita
▪ paleontology       genus of extinct brachiopods, or lamp shells, found as fossils in marine rocks of the Carboniferous to Permian periods (from 359 million to 251 ...
composite
—compositely, adv. —compositeness, n. /keuhm poz"it/, adj., n., v., composited, compositing. adj. 1. made up of disparate or separate parts or elements; compound: a composite ...
composite family
the large and varied plant family Compositae (or Asteraceae), typified by herbaceous plants having alternate, opposite, or whorled leaves and a whorl of bracts surrounding the ...
composite function
Math. a function obtained from two given functions, where the range of one function is contained in the domain of the second function, by assigning to an element in the domain of ...
composite material
Solid material that results when two or more substances are combined (physically, not chemically) to create a new material whose properties are superior in a specific application ...
composite number
Math. a number that is a multiple of at least two numbers other than itself and 1. [1720-30] * * *
Composite order
      an order of Classical architecture, developed in Rome, that combines characteristics of both the Ionic order and the Corinthian order. * * *
composite photograph
a photograph characterized by overlapping or juxtaposed images resulting from a multiple exposure or the combining of negatives (composite print). * * *
composite print
1. Motion Pictures. a positive print having the picture and soundtrack placed side by side on the same strand of film after all postproduction work on picture and sound has been ...
composite school
(in Canada) a secondary school offering academic, commercial, and industrial subjects. Also called comprehensive school. [1940-45] * * *
composite shot.
Motion Pictures, Television. See split screen. * * *
compositefamily
composite family n. The largest family of flowering plants, the Compositae (Asteraceae), comprising about 1,100 genera and more than 20,000 species and characterized by many ...
compositely
See composite. * * *
compositeness
See compositely. * * *
compositenumber
composite number n. An integer exactly divisible by at least one positive integer other than itself or 1. * * *
Compositeorder
Composite order Composite order capital Alan Witschonke n. Architecture A classical order dating from late Roman times, formed by superimposing Ionic volutes on a Corinthian ...
compositephotograph
composite photograph n. A photograph made by combining two or more separate photographs. * * *
composition
—compositional, adj. —compositionally, adv. —compositive /keuhm poz"i tiv/, adj. —compositively, adv. /kom'peuh zish"euhn/, n. 1. the act of combining parts or elements ...
composition of forces
Mech. the union or combination of two or more forces into a single force. Cf. parallelogram law, parallelogram of forces. [1800-10] * * *
Composition of the plagioclase minerals
▪ Table Composition of the plagioclase minerals mineral composition (in percent) albite 100–90 Ab     0–10 An oligoclase   90–70 Ab   10–30 ...
composition series
Math. a normal series of subgroups in which no additional subgroups can be inserted. Also called principal series. * * *
compositional
See composition. * * *
Compositional data for selected solar system objects
▪ Table Compositional data for selected solar system objects object distance from Sun (AU)* mean density (g/cm3) general composition Sun — 1.4 hydrogen, helium ...
compositionally
See compositional. * * *
compositive
com·pos·i·tive (kəm-pŏzʹĭ-tĭv) adj. Synthetic; compounded. * * *
compositor
—compositorial /keuhm poz'i tawr"ee euhl, -tohr"-/, adj. /keuhm poz"i teuhr/, n. a person who sets the type or text for printing. [1325-75 for earlier sense "referee, arbiter"; ...
compositorial
See compositor. * * *
composmentis
compos men·tis (mĕnʹtĭs) adj. Of sound mind; sane.   [Latin : compos, having mastery of + mentis, genitive of mēns, mind.] * * *
compossible
—compossibility, n. /kom pos"euh beuhl, keuhm-/, adj. 1. compatible; potentially consistent, as with another statement, theory, etc. 2. able to exist or happen ...
compost
—compostable, adj. —composter, n. /kom"pohst/, n. 1. a mixture of various decaying organic substances, as dead leaves or manure, used for fertilizing soil. 2. a composition; ...
compostingtoilet
com·post·ing toilet (kŏmʹpō'stĭng) n. A human waste disposal system consisting of a toilet that uses little or no water connected to a specially built tank in which waste ...
composure
/keuhm poh"zheuhr/, n. serene, self-controlled state of mind; calmness; tranquillity: Despite the hysteria and panic around him, he retained his composure. [1590-1600; COMPOSE + ...
compotation
/kom'peuh tay"sheuhn/, n. an act or instance of drinking or tippling together. [1585-95; < L compotation- (s. of compotatio, trans. of Gk sympósion SYMPOSIUM). See COM-, ...
compotator
—compotatory /keuhm poh"teuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /kom"peuh tay'teuhr/, n. a person who drinks or tipples with another. [1725-35; < LL; see COMPOTATION, -TOR] * * *


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