- consisting of two or more parts that are also bases, forming a compound noun,compound adjective, compound verb,or compound preposition,as housetop, many-sided, playact, or upon.
- consisting of any two or more parts that have identifiable meaning, as a base and a noninflectional affix (return, follower), a base and a combining form (biochemistry), two combining forms (ethnography), or a combining form and a noninflectional affix (aviary, dentoid).
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of compound1
The final, unetymological -d in compound arose during the 16th century; it is of the same origin as the -d in the English word sound (meaning “noise”), which developed from the earlier English soun (from Old French son, from Latin sonus ), and the archaic verb round “to whisper,” a derivative of rune “a secret.”
Definition for compound (2 of 2)
Origin of compound2
Examples from the Web for compound
Less than 30 minutes after the firefight started, commandos entered the compound and found the mortally wounded hostages.
They say that the Israelis framed him in order to light the powder keg of religious war over the al-Aqsa compound.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge|Creede Newton|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Holy City, specifically the al-Aqsa compound, has been the flashpoint for the latest round of conflict.
Now the lead breacher explained how he cut through the steel doors bin Laden used to seal himself into the compound at night.
Our Pashto interpreter explained how he had pretended to be a Pakistani policeman when interested crowds approached the compound.
It is produced by combining a blue or purple with red when a compound colour is used.
There was a castor tree in the compound and a servant was despatched to bring the leaves.Indian Ghost Stories|S. Mukerji
The boy's character was a compound of sensibility and hard rebelliousness, virility and introspection.The Red and the Black|Stendhal
How are the ends of the shunt winding of a compound dynamo connected?Hawkins Electrical Guide, Number One|Nehemiah Hawkins
I am as yet unable to interpret satisfactorily any of the compound characters of which these supposed men glyphs form a part.Day Symbols of the Maya Year|Cyrus Thomas
British Dictionary definitions for compound (1 of 2)
verb (kəmˈpaʊnd) (mainly tr)
- denoting a time in which the number of beats per bar is a multiple of threesix-four is an example of compound time
- (of an interval) greater than an octave