- 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
Origin of compound2
Related Words for compoundaggravate, magnify, worsen, intensify, exacerbate, multiply, heighten, commixture, goulash, amalgamation, composite, mishmash, fusion, medley, conglomerate, alloy, compost, stew, admixture, aggregate
Examples from the Web for compound
Contemporary Examples of compound
Less than 30 minutes after the firefight started, commandos entered the compound and found the mortally wounded hostages.Did U.S. Policy Get Luke Somers Killed?
December 6, 2014
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
November 25, 2014
The Holy City, specifically the al-Aqsa compound, has been the flashpoint for the latest round of conflict.The Radicals Who Slaughtered a Synagogue
November 19, 2014
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.
Historical Examples of compound
The griffin was itself a compound creature, half lion and half eagle.The Devil's Dictionary
There's a compound fracture above the knee, and a dislocation below.Little Dorrit
He whiffed the compound of scents away, as he put down his smoked-out pipe.A Tale of Two Cities
The result is a compound of vulgar rascalities and impotent Byronics.
Outside the compound they found, at last, the trail of his passing.Happy Ending
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
Word Origin for compound
Word Origin for compound
"to put together," late 14c., compounen "to mix, combine," from Old French compondre, componre "arrange, direct," from Latin componere "to put together" (see composite). The -d appeared 1500s in English on model of expound, etc. Related: Compounded; compounding.
1670s, via Dutch (kampoeng) or Portuguese, from Malay kampong "village, group of buildings." Spelling influenced by compound (v.). Originally, "the enclosure for a factory or settlement of Europeans in the East," later used of South African diamond miners' camps (1893), then of large fenced-in spaces generally (1946).
late 14c., originally compouned, past participle of compounen (see compound (v.)). Compound eye is attested from 1836; compound sentence is from 1772.
"a compound thing," mid-15c., from compound (adj.).