compound

compound
com|pound1 [ˈkɔmpaund US ˈka:m-] n
[Sense: 1-2,4; Date: 1500-1600; Origin: COMPOUND3]
[Sense: 3; Date: 1600-1700; : Malay; Origin: kampong 'group of buildings, village']
1.) technical a substance containing atoms from two or more ↑elements
man-made organic compounds
compound of
Sulphur dioxide is a compound of sulphur and oxygen.
2.) a combination of two or more parts, substances, or qualities
compound of
Communication ability is a compound of several different skills.
Brush on a damp-proofing compound.
3.) an area that contains a group of buildings and is surrounded by a fence or wall
a prison compound
4.) technical a noun, adjective etc that is made up of two or more words. The noun 'flower shop' and the adjective 'self-made' are compounds
compound 2
com|pound2 [kəmˈpaund] v [T]
[Date: 1500-1600; : Old French; Origin: compondre, from Latin componere, from com- ( COM-) + ponere 'to put']
1.) to make a difficult situation worse by adding more problems
compound a problem/difficulty etc
Helmut's problems were compounded by an unsatisfactory relationship with his landlady.
2.) BrE to make a bad action worse by doing more bad things
compound a crime/an offence etc
He compounded the offence by calling his opponents liars.
3.) be compounded of sth
formal to be a mixture of things
a smell compounded of dust and dead flowers
4.) AmE to pay ↑interest that is calculated on both the sum of money and the interest
Interest is compounded quarterly.
compound 3
com|pound3 [ˈkɔmpaund US ˈka:m-] adj technical
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: Past participle of compoun 'to compound' (14-17 centuries), from Old French componre, from Latin componere; COMPOUND2]
1.) compound eye/leaf etc
a single eye, leaf etc that is made up of two or more parts
→↑simple
2.) compound noun/adjective etc
a noun, adjective etc that is made up of two or more words. For example, 'ice cream' is a compound noun
3.) compound sentence
a sentence that has two or more main parts
→↑complex sentence

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