noun
(1) Something added to complete or make perfect
"A fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner"
(2) Either of two parts that mutually complete each other
(3) A word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction
(4) Number needed to make up a whole force
"A full complement of workers"
(5) A complete number or quantity
"A full complement"
(6) One of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response
verb
(7) 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"
English
Etymology
From < .
Verb
- To complete.
- We believe your addition will complement the team.
- To provide what the partner lacks and lack what the partner provides.
- The flavors of the pepper and garlic complement each other, giving a very rich taste in combination.
- I believe our talents really complement each other.
- To change a voltage, number, color, etc. to its complement.
Noun
- Something which complements.
- We believe you will make a good complement to our team.
- An angle which, together with a given angle, makes a right angle.
- Given two sets, the set containing one set's elements that are not members of the other set; the relative complement.
- The set containing exactly those elements of the universal set not in the given set; the absolute complement.
- The complement of the odd numbers is the even numbers, relative to the natural numbers.
- An expression related to some other expression such that it is true under the same conditions that make other false, and vice versa.
- A voltage level with the opposite logical sense to the given one.
- A word or group of words that completes a grammatical construction in the predicate and that describes or is identified with the subject or object.
- Any word or group of words used to complete a grammatical construction, typically in the predicate, including adverbials, infinitives, and sometimes objects.
- A complement clause.
- A bit with the opposite value to the given one; the logical complement of a number.
- The diminished radix complement of a number; the nines' complement of a decimal number; the ones' complement of a binary number.
- The complement of $01100101\_2$ is $10011010\_2$.
- The radix complement of a number; the two's complement of a binary number.
- The complement of $01100101\_2$ is $10011011\_2$.
- The numeric complement of a number.
- The complement of -123 is 123.
- An interval which, together with the given interval, makes an octave.
- The color which, when mixed with the given color, gives black (for mixing pigments) or white (for mixing light).
- The complement of blue is orange.
- A nucleotide sequence in which each base is replaced by the complementary base of the given sequence: adenine (A) by thymine (T) or uracil (U), cytosine (C) by guanine (G), and vice versa.
- A DNA molecule is formed from two strands, each of which is the complement of the other.
- One of several blood proteins that work with antibodies during an immune response.
- The full number of personnel required to man a ship (esp. a ship of war).
Related terms
- complementary
- counterpart
- full complement
- logical complement
- numeric complement
- radix complement
See also