What is compound?

  • (adj): Composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony.
    Synonyms: colonial
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "compound":

  • (noun): An enclosure of residences and other building (especially in the Orient).
  • (verb): Put or add together.
    Synonyms: combine
  • (adj): Of leaf shapes; of leaves composed of several similar parts or lobes.
  • (adj): Consisting of two or more substances or ingredients or elements or parts.
    Example: "Soap is a compound substance"; "housetop is a compound word"; "a blackberry is a compound fruit"
  • (verb): Create by mixing or combining.
  • (verb): Calculate principal and interest.
  • (verb): Combine so as to form a whole; mix.
    Example: "Compound the ingredients"
    Synonyms: combine
  • (noun): A whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts.
  • (noun): (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight.
    Synonyms: chemical compound

Famous quotes containing the word compound:

    We are all aware that speech, like chemistry, has a structure. There is a limited set of elements—vowels and consonants—and these are combined to produce words which, in turn, compound into sentences.
    Roger Brown (b. 1925)

    Give a scientist a problem and he will probably provide a solution; historians and sociologists, by contrast, can offer only opinions. Ask a dozen chemists the composition of an organic compound such as methane, and within a short time all twelve will have come up with the same solution of CH4. Ask, however, a dozen economists or sociologists to provide policies to reduce unemployment or the level of crime and twelve widely differing opinions are likely to be offered.
    Derek Gjertsen, British scientist, author. Science and Philosophy: Past and Present, ch. 3, Penguin (1989)

    Rammed me in with foul shirts and smocks, socks, foul stockings, greasy napkins, that, Master Brook, there was the rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)