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  • To complete.
          We believe your addition will complement the team.
  • To provide what the partner lacks and lack what the partner provides.
          The flavors of the pepper and garlic complement each other, giving a very rich taste in combination.
          I believe our talents really complement each other.
  • To change a voltage, number, color, etc. to its complement
  • Something which complements.
          We believe you will make a good complement to our team.
  • (geometry) An angle which, together with a given angle, makes a right angle.
  • (settheory) The set containing exactly those elements of the universal set not in the given set.
          The complement of the odd numbers is the even numbers, relative to the natural numbers.
  • (logic) An expression which is true when the other is false, and vice versa.
  • (electronics) A voltage level with the opposite logical sense to the given one.
  • (computing) A bit with the opposite value to the given one; the logical complement of a number.
  • (Mathematics) The diminished radix complement of a number; the nines' complement of a decimal number; the ones' complement of a binary number.
          The complement of 01100101_2 is 10011010_2.
  • (Mathematics) The radix complement of a number; the two's complement of a binary number.
          The complement of 01100101_2 is 10011011_2.
  • (Mathematics) The numeric complement of a number.
          The complement of -123 is 123.
  • (music) An interval which, together with the given interval, makes an octave.
  • The color which, when mixed with the given color, gives black (for mixing pigments) or white (for mixing light).
          The complement of blue is orange.
  • (biology) A nucleotide sequence in which each base is replaced by the complementary base of the given sequence: adenine (A) by thymine (T) or uracil (U), cytosine (C) by guanine (G), and vice versa.
          A DNA molecule is formed from two strands, each of which is the complement of the other.
  • (biology) One of several blood proteins that work with antibodies during an immune response.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Com"ple*ment (?), n. [L. complementun: cf. F. complément. See Complete, v. t., and cf. Compliment.] 1. That which fills up or completes; the quantity or number required to fill a thing or make it complete.

2. That which is required to supply a deficiency, or to complete a symmetrical whole.

History is the complement of poetry.
Sir J. Stephen.

3. Full quantity, number, or amount; a complete set; completeness.

To exceed his complement and number appointed him which was one hundred and twenty persons.
Hakluyt.

4. (Math.) A second quantity added to a given quantity to make it equal to a third given quantity.

5. Something added for ornamentation; an accessory. [Obs.]

Without vain art or curious complements.
Spenser.

6. (Naut.) The whole working force of a vessel.

7. (Mus.) The interval wanting to complete the octave; -- the fourth is the complement of the fifth, the sixth of the third.

8. A compliment. [Obs.] Shak.

Arithmetical compliment of a logarithm. See under Logarithm. -- Arithmetical complement of a number(Math.), the difference between that number and the next higher power of 10; as, 4 is the complement of 6, and 16 of 84. -- Complement of anarc or angle(Geom.), the difference between that arc or angle and 90°. -- Complement of a parallelogram. (Math.)See Gnomon. -- In her complement(Her.), said of the moon when represented as full.

Com"ple*ment (?), v. t. 1. To supply a lack; to supplement. [R.]

2. To compliment. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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