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- composed of elements; not simple
- anything made by combining several things
- (chemistry) a substance made from the chemical combination of elements
- an enclosure within which workers, prisoners, or soldiers are confined
- (linguistics) a word formed by writing two or more words as one; for example "laptop", formed from "lap" and "top"
- to put together; to combine
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
||Com"pound (k&obreve;m"pound), n.
[Malay kompung a village.] In the East Indies, an
inclosure containing a house, outbuildings, etc.
Com*pound" (k&obreve;m*pound"), v.
t. [imp. & p. p. Compounded;
p. pr. & vb. n. Compounding.] [OE.
componen, compounen, L. componere,
compositum; com-+ ponere to put set. The
d is excrescent. See Position, and cf.
Componé.] 1. To form or make
by combining different elements, ingredients, or parts; as, to
compound a medicine.
Incapacitating him from successfully
compounding a tale of this sort.
Sir W. Scott.
2. To put together, as elements,
ingredients, or parts, in order to form a whole; to combine, mix,
We have the power of altering and
compounding those images into all the varieties of
3. To modify or change by combination
with some other thing or part; to mingle with something
Only compound me with forgotten dust.
4. To compose; to constitute.
His pomp and all what state compounds.
5. 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.
I pray, my lords, let me compound this
To compound a felony, to accept of a
consideration for forbearing to prosecute, such compounding being
an indictable offense. See Theftbote.
Com*pound", v. i. 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.
Here's a fellow will help you to-morrow; . . .
compound with him by the year.
They were at last glad to compound for his
bare commitment to the Tower.
Cornwall compounded to furnish ten oxen
after Michaelmas for thirty pounds.
Compound for sins they are inclined to
By damning those they have no mind to.
Com"pound (?), a. [OE.
compouned, p. p. of compounen. See Compound,
v. t.] Composed of two or more elements,
ingredients, parts; produced by the union of several ingredients,
parts, or things; composite; as, a compound
Compound substances are made up of two or
more simple substances.
division (Arith.), the addition,
subtraction, etc., of compound numbers. -- Compound
crystal (Crystallog.), a twin crystal, or
one seeming to be made up of two or more crystals combined
according to regular laws of composition. --
Compound engine (Mech.), a form of
steam engine in which the steam that has been used in a high-
pressure cylinder is made to do further service in a larger low-
pressure cylinder, sometimes in several larger cylinders,
successively. -- Compound ether.
(Chem.) See under Ether. --
Compound flower (Bot.), a flower
head resembling a single flower, but really composed of several
florets inclosed in a common calyxlike involucre, as the
sunflower or dandelion. -- Compound
fraction. (Math.) See Fraction.
-- Compound fracture. See
Fracture. -- Compound householder,
a householder who compounds or arranges with his landlord
that his rates shall be included in his rents. [Eng.] --
Compound interest. See
Interest. -- Compound larceny.
(Law) See Larceny. -- Compound
leaf (Bot.), a leaf having two or more
separate blades or leaflets on a common leafstalk. --
Compound microscope. See
Microscope. -- Compound motion.
See Motion. -- Compound number
(Math.), one constructed according to a varying scale
of denomination; as, 3 cwt., 1 qr., 5 lb.; -
- called also denominate number. -- Compound
pier (Arch.), a clustered column. --
Compound quantity (Alg.), a quantity
composed of two or more simple quantities or terms, connected by
the sign + (plus) or - (minus). Thus, a + b - c, and bb
- b, are compound quantities. -- Compound
radical. (Chem.) See Radical. --
Compound ratio (Math.), the product
of two or more ratios; thus ab:cd is a ratio compounded of
the simple ratios a:c and b:d. --
Compound rest (Mech.), the tool
carriage of an engine lathe. -- Compound
screw (Mech.), a screw having on the same
axis two or more screws with different pitch (a differential
screw), or running in different directions (a right and left
screw). -- Compound time (Mus.),
that in which two or more simple measures are combined in
one; as, 6-8 time is the joining of two measures of 3-8
time. -- Compound word, a word
composed of two or more words; specifically, two or more words
joined together by a hyphen.
Com"pound, n. 1.
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. Shak.
Rare compound of oddity, frolic, and
When the word "bishopric" was first made, it was
made as a compound.
2. (Chem.) 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.
&fist; Every definite chemical compound always contains
the same elements, united in the same proportions by weight, and
with the same internal arrangement.
Binary compound (Chem.). See
under Binary. -- Carbon compounds
(Chem.). See under Carbon.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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