Com·pound v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compounded; p. pr. & vb. n. Compounding.]
1. To form or make by combining different elements, ingredients, or parts; as, to compound a medicine.
Incapacitating him from successfully compounding a tale of this sort. --Sir W. Scott.
2. To put together, as elements, ingredients, or parts, in order to form a whole; to combine, mix, or unite.
We have the power of altering and compounding those images into all the varieties of picture. --Addison.
3. To modify or change by combination with some other thing or part; to mingle with something else.
Only compound me with forgotten dust. --Shak.
4. To compose; to constitute. [Obs.]
His pomp and all what state compounds. --Shak.
5. To settle amicably; to adjust by agreement; to compromise; to discharge from obligation upon terms different from those which were stipulated; as, to compound a debt.
I pray, my lords, let me compound this strife. --Shak.
To compound a felony, to accept of a consideration for forbearing to prosecute, such compounding being an indictable offense. See Theftbote.
n : the act of combining things to form a new whole [syn: combination,