Definitions for compoundˈkɒm paʊnd, kɒmˈpaʊnd; ˈkɒm paʊnd; kəmˈpaʊnd, ˈkɒm paʊnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•poundˈkɒm paʊnd, kɒmˈpaʊnd; ˈkɒm paʊnd; kəmˈpaʊnd, ˈkɒm paʊnd(adj.; n.; v.)

  1. composed of two or more parts, elements, or ingredients:

    Soap is a compound substance.

  2. having or involving two or more actions or functions:

    The mouth is a compound organ.

  3. (of a word) consisting of two or more parts that are also words, as housetop, many-sided, playact, or consisting of two or more parts that are also bases, as biochemistry or



    Category: Grammar

  4. (of a verb tense) consisting of an auxiliary verb and a main verb, as are swimming, have spoken, or will write

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    Ref: (opposed to simple 21 2 ).

  5. composed of several similar parts that combine to form a whole:

    a compound fruit.

    Category: Botany

  6. composed of a number of distinct but connected individuals, as coral.

    Category: Zoology

  7. (n.)something formed by compounding or combining parts, elements, etc.

  8. a pure substance composed of two or more elements whose chemical composition is constant.

    Category: Chemistry

  9. a compound word, esp. one composed of two or more words that are otherwise unaltered, as moonflower or


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  10. (v.t.)to put together into a whole; combine:

    to compound drugs to form a new medicine.

  11. to make or form by combining parts, elements, etc.; construct:

    a medicine compounded from various drugs.

  12. to increase or add to, esp. so as to worsen: a problem that was compounded by their isolation.

  13. to settle or adjust by agreement, esp. for a reduced amount, as a debt.

  14. to agree, for a consideration, not to prosecute or punish a wrongdoer for:

    to compound a crime or felony.

    Category: Law

  15. to pay (interest) on the accrued interest as well as the principal.

    Category: Business

  16. (v.i.)to make a bargain; come to terms; compromise.

  17. to form a compound.

Origin of compound:

1350–1400; ME compounen < MF compon-, s. of compondre < L compōnere; see component


com•poundˈkɒm paʊnd(n.)

  1. a separate area, usu. fenced or walled, containing residences, business offices, barracks, or other structures.

Origin of compound:

1670–80; alter., by assoc. with compound1, of Malay kampung village, collection, gathering; cf. kampong

Princeton's WordNet

  1. compound(noun)

    a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts

  2. compound, chemical compound(noun)

    (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight

  3. compound(adj)

    an enclosure of residences and other building (especially in the Orient)

  4. compound(adj)

    composed of more than one part

    "compound leaves are composed of several lobes; "compound flower heads"

  5. compound(adj)

    consisting of two or more substances or ingredients or elements or parts

    "soap is a compound substance"; "housetop is a compound word"; "a blackberry is a compound fruit"

  6. colonial, compound(verb)

    composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony

    "coral is a colonial organism"

  7. intensify, compound, heighten, deepen(verb)

    make more intense, stronger, or more marked

    "The efforts were intensified", "Her rudeness intensified his dislike for her"; "Pot smokers claim it heightens their awareness"; "This event only deepened my convictions"

  8. compound, combine(verb)

    put or add together

    "combine resources"

  9. compound(verb)

    calculate principal and interest

  10. compound(verb)

    create by mixing or combining

  11. compound, combine(verb)

    combine so as to form a whole; mix

    "compound the ingredients"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compound(noun)

    in the East Indies, an inclosure containing a house, outbuildings, etc

  2. Compound(verb)

    to form or make by combining different elements, ingredients, or parts; as, to compound a medicine

  3. Compound(verb)

    to put together, as elements, ingredients, or parts, in order to form a whole; to combine, mix, or unite

  4. Compound(verb)

    to modify or change by combination with some other thing or part; to mingle with something else

  5. Compound(verb)

    to compose; to constitute

  6. Compound(verb)

    to settle amicably; to adjust by agreement; to compromise; to discharge from obligation upon terms different from those which were stipulated; as, to compound a debt

  7. Compound(verb)

    to effect a composition; to come to terms of agreement; to agree; to settle by a compromise; -- usually followed by with before the person participating, and for before the thing compounded or the consideration

  8. Compound(verb)

    composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts; produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or things; composite; as, a compound word

  9. Compound(noun)

    that which is compounded or formed by the union or mixture of elements ingredients, or parts; a combination of simples; a compound word; the result of composition

  10. Compound(noun)

    a union of two or more ingredients in definite proportions by weight, so combined as to form a distinct substance; as, water is a compound of oxygen and hydrogen


  1. Compound

    In linguistics, a compound is a lexeme that consists of more than one stem. Compounding or composition is the process of word formation that creates compound lexemes. That is, in familiar terms, compounding occurs when two or more words are joined together to make them one word. The meaning of the compound may be very different from the meanings of its components in isolation.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'compound' in Nouns Frequency: #1829

Translations for compound

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composed of a number of parts

a compound substance.

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