- having a complement or complements.
- Mathematics. (of a lattice containing a smallest element and a greatest element) having the property that corresponding to each element of the lattice is a second element such that the greatest lower bound of the two elements is the smallest element of the lattice and the least upper bound of the two elements is the greatest element of the lattice.
Origin of complemented
- something that completes or makes perfect: A good wine is a complement to a good meal.
- the quantity or amount that completes anything: We now have a full complement of packers.
- either of two parts or things needed to complete the whole; counterpart.
- full quantity or amount; complete allowance.
- the full number of officers and crew required on a ship.
- a word or group of words that completes a grammatical construction in the predicate and that describes or is identified with the subject or object, as small in The house is small or president in They elected her president.Compare object complement, subject complement.
- any word or group of words used to complete a grammatical construction, especially in the predicate, including adverbials, as on the table in He put it on the table, infinitives, as to go in They are ready to go, and sometimes objects, as ball in He caught the ball.
- Geometry. the quantity by which an angle or an arc falls short of 90° or a quarter of a circle.Compare supplement(def 4).
- Also called absolute complement. Mathematics. the set of all the elements of a universal set not included in a given set.
- Music. the interval that completes an octave when added to a given interval.
- a system in vertebrate blood of 12 or more proteins that react in a cascade to a cell displaying immune complexes or foreign surfaces, acting in various combinations to coat the cell and promote phagocytosis, make holes in the cell wall, or enhance the inflammatory response.
- any of the proteins in the complement system, designated C1, C2, etc.
- complementary color.
- to complete; form a complement to: This belt complements the dress better than that one.
- Obsolete. to compliment.
- Obsolete. to compliment.
Origin of complement
Examples from the Web for complemented
His piercing azure eyes are complemented by a new addition to his appearance: a septum piercing in his nose.‘Boyhood’ Star Ellar Coltrane: An Astonishing Debut 12 Years in the Making
July 11, 2014
They have more than complemented and enhanced his work with their own design.Alan Cumming’s ‘Macbeth’ and a New Sonnet App Breathe New Life Into Shakespeare
July 13, 2012
Watched side by side on Monday night, in a way no viewer will ever watch them, the two complemented each other nicely.Diane vs. Katie: Round One
December 21, 2009
The morning air contributed to the mood, which complemented the RPMs of the motor and the sound of heat pushing through the vents.First Day Out of Prison
January 26, 2009
He had a pleasant smile, complemented by his clear blue eyes.When You Don't Know Where to Turn
Steven J. Bartlett
Thus it may be said that he and Llera complemented each other to perfection.Froth
Armando Palacio Valds
The laugh did them good, and complemented the corrective which had been administered to them by the minister.Sevenoaks
J. G. Holland
The sash was complemented by a belt which was a mass of pearls in relief on a ground of gold embroidery.The Prince of India, Volume I
The case of Germany is a hospital case, a case for the alienist; the mania of grandeur, complemented by the mania of persecution.The Pentecost of Calamity
- a person or thing that completes something
- one of two parts that make up a whole or complete each other
- a complete amount, number, etc (often in the phrase full complement)
- the officers and crew needed to man a ship
- a noun phrase that follows a copula or similar verb, as for example an idiot in the sentence He is an idiot
- a clause that serves as the subject or direct object of a verb or the direct object of a preposition, as for example that he would be early in the sentence I hoped that he would be early
- maths the angle that when added to a specified angle produces a right angle
- logic maths the class of all things, or of all members of a given universe of discourse, that are not members of a given set
- music the inverted form of an interval that, when added to the interval, completes the octavethe sixth is the complement of the third
- immunol a group of proteins in the blood serum that, when activated by antibodies, causes destruction of alien cells, such as bacteria
- (tr) to add to, make complete, or form a complement to
Word Origin and History for complemented
late 14c., "that which completes," from Old French compliement "accomplishment, fulfillment" (14c., Modern French complément), from Latin complementum "that which fills up or completes," from complere "fill up" (see complete (adj.)). Originally also having senses which were taken up c.1650-1725 by compliment.
1610s, "exchange courtesies," from complement (n.). Meaning "make complete" is from 1640s. Related: Complemented; complementing.
- A group of proteins found in normal blood serum and plasma that are activated sequentially in a cascadelike mechanism that allows them to combine with antibodies and destroy pathogenic bacteria and other foreign cells.
- 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.