Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Comply intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Complied
; present participle & verbal noun Complying
.] [ Perh. formed from compliment
, influenced by ply
, which are of different origin: confer Italian complire
to compliment, finish, suit. See Compliment
.] 1. To yield assent; to accord; agree, or acquiesce; to adapt one's self; to consent or conform; -- usually followed by with .
Yet this be sure, in nothing to comply ,
Scandalous or forbidden in our law.
They did servilely comply with the people in worshiping God by sensible images.
He that complies against his will 2. To be ceremoniously courteous; to make one's compliments.
Is of his own opinion still.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Comply transitive verb
[ See comply
, intransitive verb
] 1. To fulfill; to accomplish.
[ Obsolete] Chapman. 2.
[ Confer Latin complicare
to fold up. See Ply
.] To infold; to embrace.
Seemed to comply ,
Cloudlike, the daintie deitie.
; plural - pos
. Short for Composition ; -- used, esp. in England, colloquial in various trade applications;
as : (a) A mortar made of sand and cement. (b) A carver's mixture of resin, whiting, and glue, used instead of plaster of Paris for ornamenting walls and cornices. (c) A composition for billiard balls. (d) A preparation of which printer's rollers are made. (e) A preparation used in currying leather. (f) Composition paid by a debtor.
(-pōn") transitive verb
[ Latin componere
. See Compound
.] To compose; to settle; to arrange.
A good pretense for componing peace.
[ French] See Compony .
[ Latin componens
, present participle of componere
. See Compound
, transitive verb
] Serving, or helping, to form; composing; constituting; constituent.
The component parts of natural bodies.
Sir I. Newton.
Component noun A constituent part; an ingredient. Component of force (Mech.) , a force which, acting conjointly with one or more forces, produces the effect of a single force or resultant; one of a number of forces into which a single force may be resolved.
Compony Com*po"né adjective [ French componé.] (Her.) Divided into squares of alternate tinctures in a single row; -- said of any bearing; or, in the case of a bearing having curved lines, divided into patches of alternate colors following the curve. If there are two rows it is called counter- compony .
Comport intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Comported
; present participle & verbal noun Comporting
.] [ French comporter
, from Latin comportare
to bring together; com-
to carry. See Port demeanor
.] 1. To bear or endure; to put up (with); as, to comport with an injury.
[ Obsolete] Barrow. 2. To agree; to accord; to suit; -- sometimes followed by with .
How ill this dullness doth comport with greatness.
Beau. & Fl.
How their behavior herein comported with the institution.
Comport transitive verb 1. To bear; to endure; to brook; to put with.
The malcontented sort 2. To carry; to conduct; -- with a reflexive pronoun.
That never can the present state comport .
Observe how Lord Somers . . . comported himself.
[ Confer Old French comport
.] Manner of acting; behavior; conduct; deportment.
I knew them well, and marked their rude comport .
Comportable adjective Suitable; consistent. [ Obsolete] "Some comportable method." Wotton.
Comportance noun Behavior; comport.
Goodly comportance each to other bear.
Comportation noun [ Latin comportatio .] A bringing together. [ Obsolete] Bp. Richardson.
[ French comportement
.] Manner of acting; behavior; bearing.
A graceful comportment of their bodies.
Her serious and devout comportment .
Compos mentis [ Latin ] (Law) Sane in mind; being of sound mind, memory, and understanding.
Compos-mentis noun One who is compos mentis. [ Colloq.]
Compose transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Composed
; present participle & verbal noun Composing
.] [ French composer
to place. The sense is that of Latin componere
, but the origin is different. See Pose
, transitive verb
] 1. To form by putting together two or more things or parts; to put together; to make up; to fashion.
Zeal ought to be composed of the highest degrees of all pious affection. 2. To form the substance of, or part of the substance of; to constitute.
Their borrowed gold composed
The calf in Oreb.
A few useful things . . . compose their intellectual possessions. 3. To construct by mental labor; to design and execute, or put together, in a manner involving the adaptation of forms of expression to ideas, or to the laws of harmony or proportion; as, to compose a sentence, a sermon, a symphony, or a picture.
Let me compose
Something in verse as well as prose.
The genius that composed such works as the "Standard" and "Last Supper". 4. To dispose in proper form; to reduce to order; to put in proper state or condition; to adjust; to regulate.
B. R. Haydon.
In a peaceful grave my corpse compose .
How in safety best we may 5. To free from agitation or disturbance; to tranquilize; to soothe; to calm; to quiet.
Compose our present evils.
Compose thy mind; 6. (Print.) To arrange (types) in a composing stick in order for printing; to set (type).
Nor frauds are here contrived, nor force designed.
Compose intransitive verb To come to terms. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Composed adjective Free from agitation; calm; sedate; quiet; tranquil; self- possessed.
The Mantuan there in sober triumph sate,
Composed his posture, and his look sedate.
-- Com*pos"ed*ly adverb
Composer noun 1. One who composes; an author. Specifically, an author of a piece of music.
If the thoughts of such authors have nothing in them, they at least . . . show an honest industry and a good intention in the composer .
His [ Mozart's] most brilliant and solid glory is founded upon his talents as a composer . 2. One who, or that which, quiets or calms; one who adjusts a difference.
Moore (Encyc. of Mus.).
Sweet composers of the pensive soul.
Composing adjective Composing frame (Print.) , a stand for holding cases of type when in use. -- Composing rule (Print.) , a thin slip of brass or steel, against which the type is arranged in a composing stick, or by the aid of which stickfuls or handfuls or type are lifted; -- called also setting rule . -- Composing stick (Print.) , an instrument usually of metal, which the compositor holds in his left hand, and in which he arranges the type in words and lines. It has one open side, and one adjustable end by means of which the length of the lines, and consequently the width of the page or column, may be determined.
1. Tending to compose or soothe. 2. Pertaining to, or used in, composition.
[ Latin compositus
made up of parts, past participle of componere
. See Compound
, transitive verb
, and confer Compost
.] 1. Made up of distinct parts or elements; compounded; as, a composite language.
Happiness, like air and water . . . is composite . 2. (Architecture) Belonging to a certain order which is composed of the Ionic order grafted upon the Corinthian. It is called also the Roman or the Italic order, and is one of the five orders recognized by the Italian writers of the sixteenth century. See Capital . 3. (Botany) Belonging to the order Compositæ ; bearing involucrate heads of many small florets, as the daisy, thistle, and dandelion. Composite carriage
, a railroad car having compartments of different classes.
[ Eng.] -- Composite number (Math.)
, one which can be divided exactly by a number exceeding unity, as 6 by 2 or 3.
. -- Composite photograph or portrait
, one made by a combination, or blending, of several distinct photographs. F. Galton.
-- Composite sailing (Nautical)
, a combination of parallel and great circle sailing.
-- Composite ship
, one with a wooden casing and iron frame.
Composite noun That which is made up of parts or compounded of several elements; composition; combination; compound. [ R.]
[ French composition
, from Latin compositio
. See Composite
.] 1. The act or art of composing, or forming a whole or integral, by placing together and uniting different things, parts, or ingredients.
In specific uses: (a) The invention or combination of the parts of any literary work or discourse, or of a work of art; as, the composition of a poem or a piece of music.
"The constant habit of elaborate composition
." Macaulay. (b) (Fine Arts) The art or practice of so combining the different parts of a work of art as to produce a harmonious whole; also, a work of art considered as such. See 4, below. (c) The act of writing for practice in a language, as English, Latin, German, etc. (d) (Print.) The setting up of type and arranging it for printing. 2. The state of being put together or composed; conjunction; combination; adjustment.
View them in composition with other things.
The elementary composition of bodies. 3. A mass or body formed by combining two or more substances; as, a chemical composition .
A composition that looks . . . like marble. 4. A literary, musical, or artistic production, especially one showing study and care in arrangement; -- often used of an elementary essay or translation done as an educational exercise. 5. Consistency; accord; congruity.
There is no composition in these news 6. Mutual agreement to terms or conditions for the settlement of a difference or controversy; also, the terms or conditions of settlement; agreement.
That gives them credit.
Thus we are agreed: 7. (Law) The adjustment of a debt, or avoidance of an obligation, by some form of compensation agreed on between the parties; also, the sum or amount of compensation agreed upon in the adjustment.
I crave our composition may be written.
Compositions for not taking the order of knighthood.
Cleared by composition with their creditors. 8. Synthesis as opposed to analysis.
The investigation of difficult things by the method of analysis ought ever to precede the method of composition . Composition cloth
Sir I. Newton.
, a kind of cloth covered with a preparation making it waterproof.
-- Composition deed
, an agreement for composition between a debtor and several creditors.
-- Composition plane (Crystallog.)
, the plane by which the two individuals of a twin crystal are united in their reserved positions.
-- Composition of forces (Mech.)
, the finding of a single force (called the resultant ) which shall be equal in effect to two or more given forces (called the components ) when acting in given directions. Herbert.
-- Composition metal
, an alloy resembling brass, which is sometimes used instead of copper for sheathing vessels; -- also called Muntz metal and yellow metal .
-- Composition of proportion (Math.)
, an arrangement of four proportionals so that the sum of the first and second is to the second as the sum of the third and fourth to the fourth.
Compositive adjective [ Latin compositivus .] Having the quality of entering into composition; compounded. [ R.]
Compositor noun [ Latin , an arranger.]
1. One who composes or sets in order. 2. (Print.) One who sets type and arranges it for use.
Compositous adjective (Botany) Belonging to the Compositæ ; composite. [ R.] Darwin.
Compositæ noun plural
[ New Latin , from Latin compositus
made up of parts. See Composite
.] (Botany) A large family of dicotyledonous plants, having their flowers arranged in dense heads of many small florets and their anthers united in a tube. The daisy, dandelion, and asters, are examples.
Compossible adjective [ Prefix com- + possible .] Able to exist with another thing; consistent. [ R.] Chillingworth.
[ Old French compost
, from Latin compositus
, past participle See Composite
.] 1. A mixture; a compound.
A sad compost of more bitter than sweet. 2. (Agriculture) A mixture for fertilizing land; esp., a composition of various substances (as muck, mold, lime, and stable manure) thoroughly mingled and decomposed, as in a compost heap.
And do not spread the compost on the weeds
To make them ranker.
Compost transitive verb
1. To manure with compost. 2. To mingle, as different fertilizing substances, in a mass where they will decompose and form into a compost.
Composture noun [ Latin compositura , -postura , a joining.] Manure; compost. [ Obsolete] Shak.
[ From Compose
.] 1. The act of composing, or that which is composed; a composition.
Signor Pietro, who had an admirable way both of composure [ in music] and teaching. 2. Orderly adjustment; disposition.
Various composures and combinations of these corpuscles. 3. Frame; make; temperament.
His composure must be rare indeed 4. A settled state; calmness; sedateness; tranquillity; repose.
Whom these things can not blemish.
"We seek peace and composure
When the passions . . . are all silent, the mind enjoys its most perfect composure . 5. A combination; a union; a bond.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
[ Latin compotatio
to drink.] The act of drinking or tippling together.
The fashion of compotation .
Sir W. Scott.
Compotator noun [ Latin ] One who drinks with another. [ R.] Pope.
[ French See Compost
.] A preparation of fruit in sirup in such a manner as to preserve its form, either whole, halved, or quartered; as, a compote of pears. Littré.
; plural Compotiers
tyā"). [ French] A dish for holding compotes, fruit, etc.
Compound (kŏm"pound) noun [ Malay kompung a village.] In the East Indies, an inclosure containing a house, outbuildings, etc.
(kŏm*pound") transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Compounded
; present participle & verbal noun Compounding
.] [ Middle English componen
, Latin componere
to put set. The d
is excrescent. See Position
, and confer Componé
.] 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. 2. To put together, as elements, ingredients, or parts, in order to form a whole; to combine, mix, or unite.
Sir W. Scott.
We have the power of altering and compounding those images into all the varieties of picture. 3. To modify or change by combination with some other thing or part; to mingle with something else.
Only compound me with forgotten dust. 4. To compose; to constitute.
His pomp and all what state compounds . 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. To compound a felony
, to accept of a consideration for forbearing to prosecute, such compounding being an indictable offense. See Theftbote .
Compound intransitive verb To effect a composition; to come to terms of agreement; to agree; to settle by a compromise; -- usually followed by with before the person participating, and for before the thing compounded or the consideration .
Here's a fellow will help you to-morrow; . . . compound with him by the year.
They were at last glad to compound for his bare commitment to the Tower.
Cornwall compounded to furnish ten oxen after Michaelmas for thirty pounds.
Compound for sins they are inclined to
By damning those they have no mind to.
[ Middle English compouned
, past participle of compounen
. See Compound
, transitive verb
] Composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts; produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or things; composite; as, a compound word.
Compound substances are made up of two or more simple substances. Compound addition
, division (Arith.)
, the addition, subtraction, etc., of compound numbers.
-- Compound crystal (Crystallog.)
, a twin crystal, or one seeming to be made up of two or more crystals combined according to regular laws of composition.
-- Compound engine (Mech.)
, a form of steam engine in which the steam that has been used in a high- pressure cylinder is made to do further service in a larger low- pressure cylinder, sometimes in several larger cylinders, successively.
-- Compound ether
. (Chemistry) See under Ether .
-- Compound flower (Botany)
, a flower head resembling a single flower, but really composed of several florets inclosed in a common calyxlike involucre, as the sunflower or dandelion.
-- Compound fraction
. (Math.) See Fraction .
-- Compound fracture
. See Fracture .
-- Compound householder
, a householder who compounds or arranges with his landlord that his rates shall be included in his rents.
[ Eng.] -- Compound interest
. See Interest .
-- Compound larceny
. (Law) See Larceny .
-- Compound leaf (Botany)
, a leaf having two or more separate blades or leaflets on a common leafstalk.
-- Compound microscope
. See Microscope .
-- Compound motion
. See Motion .
-- Compound number (Math.)
, one constructed according to a varying scale of denomination; as, 3 cwt. , 1 qr. , 5 lb. ; - - called also denominate number .
-- Compound pier (Architecture)
, a clustered column.
-- Compound quantity (Alg.)
, a quantity composed of two or more simple quantities or terms, connected by the sign + (plus) or - (minus). Thus, a + b - c , and bb - b , are compound quantities.
-- Compound radical
. (Chemistry) See Radical .
-- Compound ratio (Math.)
, the product of two or more ratios; thus ab:cd is a ratio compounded of the simple ratios a:c and b:d .
-- Compound rest (Mech.)
, the tool carriage of an engine lathe.
-- Compound screw (Mech.)
, a screw having on the same axis two or more screws with different pitch (a differential screw), or running in different directions (a right and left screw).
-- Compound time (Mus.)
, that in which two or more simple measures are combined in one; as, 6-8 time is the joining of two measures of 3-8 time.
-- Compound word
, a word composed of two or more words; specifically, two or more words joined together by a hyphen.
Compound noun 1. That which is compounded or formed by the union or mixture of elements ingredients, or parts; a combination of simples; a compound word; the result of composition. Shak.
Rare compound of oddity, frolic, and fun.
When the word "bishopric" was first made, it was made as a compound . 2. (Chemistry) A union of two or more ingredients in definite proportions by weight, so combined as to form a distinct substance; as, water is a compound of oxygen and hydrogen.
» Every definite chemical compound
always contains the same elements, united in the same proportions by weight, and with the same internal arrangement. Binary compound (Chemistry)
. See under Binary .
-- Carbon compounds (Chemistry)
. See under Carbon .
Compound control (Aëronautics) A system of control in which a separate manipulation, as of a rudder, may be effected by either of two movements, in different directions, of a single lever, etc.
Compoundable adjective That may be compounded.
Compounder noun 1. One who, or that which, compounds or mixes; as, a compounder of medicines. 2. One who attempts to bring persons or parties to terms of agreement, or to accomplish, ends by compromises.
in politics." Burke. 3. One who compounds a debt, obligation, or crime.
Religious houses made compounders 4. One at a university who pays extraordinary fees for the degree he is to take.
For the horrid actions of their founders.
[ Eng.] A. Wood. 5. (Eng. Hist.) A Jacobite who favored the restoration of James II, on condition of a general amnesty and of guarantees for the security of the civil and ecclesiastical constitution of the realm.
Comprador noun [ Portuguese , a buyer.] A kind of steward or agent. [ China] S. W. Williams
[ Latin comprecatio
, from comprecari
to pray to. See Precarious
.] A praying together.
[ Obsolete] Bp. Wilkins.
Comprehend transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Comprehended
; present participle & verbal noun Comprehending
.] [ Latin comprehendere
to grasp, seize; prae
before + hendere
(used only in comp.). See Get
, and confer Comprise
.] 1. To contain; to embrace; to include; as, the states comprehended in the Austrian Empire.
Who hath . . . comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure. 2. To take in or include by construction or implication; to comprise; to imply.
Is. xl. 12.
Comprehended all in this one word, Discretion.
And if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying. 3. To take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to apprehend the meaning of; to understand.
Rom. xiii. 9.
At a loss to comprehend the question.
Great things doeth he, which we can not comprehend . Syn.
Job. xxxvii. 5.
-- To contain; include; embrace; comprise; inclose; grasp; embody; involve; imply; apprehend; imagine; conceive; understand. See Apprehend
Comprehensibility noun The quality or state of being comprehensible; capability of being understood.
[ Latin comprehensibilis
: confer French compreéhensible
.] 1. Capable of being comprehended, included, or comprised.
Lest this part of knowledge should seem to any not comprehensible by axiom, we will set down some heads of it. 2. Capable of being understood; intelligible; conceivable by the mind.
The horizon sets the bounds . . . between what is and what is not comprehensible by us.