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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.
4. (Math.) A second quantity added
to a given quantity to make it equal to a third given
5. Something added for ornamentation; an
Without vain art or curious
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.]
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 an arc 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.
2. To compliment. [Obs.] Jer.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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