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com·ple·ment /ˈkɑmpləmənt/

補足物,補語,餘角(vt.)補助,補足

com·ple·ment /ˈkɑmpləmənt/ 名詞

補體,補足物

complement

補數; 互補色; 補角

From: Network Terminology

complement

補數 補碼

Com·ple·ment n.

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.]

**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* **Complement of an angle** Geom., the difference between that arc or angle and 90°.

**Complement of a parallelogram**. Math. See Gnomon.

**In her complement** Her., said of the moon when represented as full.

Com·ple·ment v. t.

1. To supply a lack; to supplement. [R.]

2. To compliment. [Obs.]

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From: WordNet (r) 2.0

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 complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the

complement to; "I need some pepper to complement the

sweet touch in the soup"