The definition of a complement is something that makes something else complete.noun
An example of complement is a set of jewelry that makes an outfit look finished.
Complement means to make something complete.verb
An example of complement is to add jewelry to a dress to finish the look.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- that which completes or brings to perfection
- the amount or number needed to fill or complete
- a complete set; entirety
- something added to complete a whole; either of two parts that complete each other
- Gram. a word or group of words that, with the verb, completes the meaning and syntactic structure of the predicate (Ex.: foreman in “make him foreman,” paid in “he expects to get paid”)
- Immunology a complex series of proteins in the blood plasma that acts with specific antibodies to destroy corresponding antigens, as bacteria or foreign proteins
- the number of degrees that must be added to a given angle or arc to make it equal 90 degrees
- the subset which must be added to any given subset to yield the original set
- Music the difference between a given interval and the complete octave
- Naut. all of a ship's personnel, including the officers, required to operate a ship
Origin: ME < L complementum, that which fills up or completes < complere: see complete
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- a. Something that completes, makes up a whole, or brings to perfection.b. The quantity or number needed to make up a whole: shelves with a full complement of books.c. Either of two parts that complete the whole or mutually complete each other.
- An angle related to another so that the sum of their measures is 90°.
- Grammar A word or words used to complete a predicate construction, especially the object or indirect object of a verb; for example, the phrase to eat ice cream in We like to eat ice cream.
- Music An interval that completes an octave when added to a given interval.
- The full crew of officers and enlisted personnel required to run a ship.
- Immunology A complex system of proteins found in normal blood plasma that combines with antibodies to destroy pathogenic bacteria and other foreign cells. Also called alexin.
- Mathematics & Logic For a universal set, the set of all elements in the set that are not in a specified subset.
- A complementary color.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin complēmentum, from complēre, to fill out; see complete.Usage Note: Complement and compliment, though quite distinct in meaning, are sometimes confused because they are pronounced the same. As a noun, complement means “something that completes or brings to perfection” (The antique silver was a complement to the beautifully set table); used as a verb it means “to serve as a complement to.” The noun compliment means “an expression or act of courtesy or praise” (They gave us a compliment on our beautifully set table), while the verb means “to pay a compliment to.”
complement - Computer Definition
The number derived by subtracting a number from a base number. For example, the tens complement of 8 is 2. In set theory, complement refers to all the objects in one set that are not in another set.Complements are used in digital circuits, because it is faster to subtract by adding complements than by performing true subtraction. The binary complement of a number is created by reversing all bits and adding 1. The carry from the high-order position is eliminated. The following example subtracts 5 from 8. Decimal Binary Complement 8 1000 1000 -5 -0101 +1011 __ _____ _____ 3 0011 0011
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complement - Medical Definition
complement - Science Definition
- A group of proteins in blood serum that interact systematically as part of the body's immune response to destroy disease-causing antigens, especially bacteria. Complement proteins interact with antibodies and other chemical substances to cause the disintegration of foreign cells and enhance other immune functions such as phagocytosis.
- A complementary color.
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