complementary color definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- 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).
- A color directly opposite another on a color wheel and providing the greatest chromatic contrast to it. See Table at color.
complementary color - Science Definition
A secondary color that, when combined with the primary color whose wavelength it does not contain, produces white light. Thus yellow, which is produced by mixing the primary colors red and green, is the complementary color of blue. See Note at color.