- something added to complete a thing, supply a deficiency, or reinforce or extend a whole.
- a part added to a book, document, etc., to supply additional or later information, correct errors, or the like.
- a part, usually of special character, issued as an additional feature of a newspaper or other periodical.
- Geometry. the quantity by which an angle or an arc falls short of 180° or a semicircle.
- to complete, add to, or extend by a supplement.
- to form a supplement or addition to.
- to supply (a deficiency).
Origin of supplement
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Examples from the Web for supplement
The flowers and leaves of this herb are used to make medications and the supplement is popularly used for depression.Fish Oil, Turmeric, and Ginseng, Oh My! Are ‘Brain Foods’ B.S.?
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD
October 10, 2014
I was grateful I could supplement my voracious reading with other media, as it kept me feeling current.Prisoners Get Cultural Fix with 8-Tracks and Bootleg Cassettes
August 18, 2014
Annunziato and Akerman are in agreement that CrowdMed is best deployed as a supplement, not a substitute.Strangers Diagnose Your Illness and Get Cash in Return
August 15, 2014
The traffickers also charge a supplement of around $1,500 for taking minors across the perilous sea without their parents.Confessions of a Human Trafficker Who Smuggled Desperate Migrants Into Europe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 5, 2014
The Royal Household was charged by the PAC in 2009 to generate more income to supplement the funding it receives from Government.What ‘Downton Abbey’ Can Teach The Queen
January 29, 2014
He is able to supplement the front-sight method by the usual estimate by eye.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Teachers will supplement them or substitute others at their pleasure.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
In fact, we shall have to supplement it, before we can go before anybody with it.A Woman Intervenes
His last touch was to supplement the decanter of sherry with a bottle of vodka.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Miss Warren would have been at least surprised to see it in our supplement.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
- an addition designed to complete, make up for a deficiency, etc
- a section appended to a publication to supply further information, correct errors, etc
- a magazine or section inserted into a newspaper or periodical, such as one with colour photographs issued every week
- either of a pair of angles whose sum is 180°
- an arc of a circle that when added to another arc forms a semicircleAbbreviation: sup, supp
- (tr) to provide a supplement to, esp in order to remedy a deficiency
Word Origin and History for supplement
late 14c., from Latin supplementum "something added to supply a deficiency," from supplere (see supply (v.)).
1829, from supplement (n.). Related: Supplemented; supplementing.