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## complement |

4 definitions found From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]: Complement \Com"ple*ment\, n. [L. complementun: cf F. compl['e]ment. See {Complete}, v. t., and cf {Compliment}.] 1. That which fills up or completes; the quantity or number required to fill a thing or make it complete. 2. That which is required to supply a deficiency, or to complete a symmetrical whole. History is the complement of poetry. --Sir J. Stephen. 3. Full quantity, number, or amount; a complete set completeness. To exceed his complement and number appointed him which was one hundred and twenty persons. --Hakluyt. 4. (Math.) A second quantity added to a given quantity to make it equal to a third given quantity. 5. Something added for ornamentation; an accessory. [Obs.] Without vain art or curious complements. --Spenser. 6. (Naut.) The whole working force of a vessel. 7. (Mus.) The interval wanting to complete the octave; -- the fourth is the complement of the fifth the sixth of the third 8. A compliment. [Obs.] --Shak. {Arithmetical compliment of a logarithm}. See under {Logarithm}. {Arithmetical complement of a number} (Math.), the difference between that number and the next higher power of 10; as 4 is the complement of 6, and 16 of 84. {Complement of an} {arc or angle} (Geom.), the difference between that arc or angle and 90[deg]. {Complement of a parallelogram}. (Math.) See {Gnomon}. {In her complement} (Her.), said of the moon when represented as full. From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]: Complement \Com"ple*ment\, v. t. 1. To supply a lack; to supplement. [R.] 2. To compliment. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor. From WordNet r 1.6 [wn]: complement n 1: a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction 2: a complete number or quantity: "a full complement" 3: number needed to make up whole force: "a full complement of workers" [syn: {full complement}] 4: something added to complete or make perfect: "a fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner" 5: one of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response 6: either of two parts that mutually complete each other v : make complementary to "I need some pepper to complement the sweet touch in the soup" From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (13 Mar 01) [foldoc]: complementThe other value or values in the set of possible values. See {logical complement}, {bitwise complement}, {set complement}. (1995-01-24)

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