What does complementary mean?

Definitions for complementaryˌkɒm pləˈmɛn tə ri, -tri

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complementary color, complementary(adj)

    either one of two chromatic colors that when mixed together give white (in the case of lights) or grey (in the case of pigments)

    "yellow and blue are complementaries"

  2. complementary(adj)

    of words or propositions so related that each is the negation of the other

    "`male' and `female' are complementary terms"

  3. complemental, complementary, completing(adj)

    acting as or providing a complement (something that completes the whole)

Wiktionary

  1. complementary(Adjective)

    Acting as a complement.

  2. complementary(Adjective)

    Of the specific pairings of the bases in DNA and RNA.

  3. complementary(Adjective)

    Pertaining to pairs of properties in quantum mechanics that are inversely related to each other, such as speed & position and energy & time. (See also Heisenberg uncertainty principle.)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complementary(adj)

    serving to fill out or to complete; as, complementary numbers

  2. Complementary(noun)

    one skilled in compliments

  3. Origin: [See Complimentary.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of complementary in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of complementary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alien Life -RSB- Raymond:

    Each microbe has a specialty and they are complementary.

  2. Francesco Branca:

    We need to promote and protect breastfeeding alongside complementary foods, and ensure that mothers are well informed by leaders in the community.

  3. Dieter Zetsche:

    Google and the likes want to get involved, I don't think in the first place to build vehicles, we have to understand that, and then to find our roles, to which extent they are complementary, to which extent we become dependent, to which extent we are competitors.

  4. Dieter Zetsche:

    Google and the likes want to get involved, I don’t think in the first place to build vehicles, we have to understand that, and then to find our roles, to which extent they are complementary, to which extent we become dependent, to which extent we are competitors.

  5. Jean Genet:

    When the judge calls the criminal's name out he stands up, and they are immediately linked by a strange biology that makes them both opposite and complementary. The one cannot exist without the other. Which is the sun and which is the shadow? It's well known some criminals have been great men.

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