- 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)
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Origin of compound1
historical usage of compound
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.”
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Definition for compound (2 of 2)
Origin of compound2
historical usage of compound
Example sentences from the Web for compound
With Covid-19 compounding the health threat of wildfire smoke, this year’s fires are putting an unprecedented strain on communities.What wildfires in Brazil, Siberia, and the US West have in common|Lili Pike|September 17, 2020|Vox
This could release compounds that might move through the air — right to someone’s nose.Stinky success: Scientists identify the chemistry of B.O.|Alison Pearce Stevens|September 15, 2020|Science News For Students
A leucine-rich diet may increase your risk of obesity or type 2 diabetes, in theory because the compound sends your body a “time to grow!”BCAA supplements can enhance your workout, but should you take them?|Amy Schellenbaum|September 10, 2020|Popular Science
At Towson University in Maryland, chemist Shannon Stitzel is tracing cocoa to its roots using organic compounds, which are mostly produced by the cocoa plant itself.How does a crop’s environment shape a food’s smell and taste?|Carolyn Beans|September 10, 2020|Science News
Local media reports that Beijing initiated the idea of universal testing, rather than Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, have compounded those concerns.Hong Kong’s citywide COVID-19 testing has become a barometer of public trust|eamonbarrett|September 9, 2020|Fortune
He scrambled outside to find a 25-foot-wide crater just beyond the mud wall surrounding his family compound.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
He, with others, thinking the miss-sahib had gone to church, was smoking the hookah of gossip in a neighboring compound.
They held the compound against repeated assaults, and lost several men in hand-to-hand fighting.
Passing a bungalow that was blazing furiously, he saw in the compound the corpses of two women.
The body of a young woman was found in the compound outside my bungalow, done to death in precisely the same way.Uncanny Tales|Various
The compound was washed on the fifth of May, and a grain of gold weighing one and one-half reals was obtained.
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