- 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
Related Words for compoundingaggravate, magnify, worsen, intensify, exacerbate, multiply, heighten, commingle, mingle, admix, concoct, couple, associate, coalesce, unite, amalgamate, synthesize, fuse, link, commix
Examples from the Web for compounding
Contemporary Examples of compounding
That means it will need to get pentobarbital from a compounding pharmacy, another source of concern, experts say.Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco
September 18, 2014
Compounding this issue is that there are few positive images of Muslims or Muslim Americans in American entertainment media.13 Years After 9/11, Anti-Muslim Bigotry Is Worse Than Ever
September 11, 2014
Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, May 24, 2014
The Daily Beast
May 24, 2014
Compounding the conundrum further is the fact that many cellphones allow direct access to information in remote cloud storage.Can Government Call the Shots on Cellphone Privacy?
April 30, 2014
Compounding this is the fact that Bab al-Salameh, while significantly safer than most other areas, is still in a war zone.Millions of Refugees from Syria’s War Are Clinging to Life In Toxic Conditions
April 14, 2014
Historical Examples of compounding
It was compounding a felony, but my client was satisfied and Roger was grateful.'Charge It'
"And art a rare hand at compounding it," replied Mary admiringly.Standish of Standish
Jane G. Austin
We are still further from compounding protoplasm chemically.Creative Evolution
In compounding face creams one cannot be too careful and painstaking.The Woman Beautiful
Helen Follett Stevans
Yet, so far as he knew, he might be compounding a felony; but that knowledge did not trouble him in the least.The Bishop's Secret
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.).