Complement of an angle
Complement Com"ple*ment, n. [L. complementun: cf. F. compl['e]ment. See {Complete}, v. t., and cf. {Compliment}.] 1. That which fills up or completes; the quantity or number required to fill a thing or make it complete. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is required to supply a deficiency, or to complete a symmetrical whole. [1913 Webster]

History is the complement of poetry. --Sir J. Stephen. [1913 Webster]

3. Full quantity, number, or amount; a complete set; completeness. [1913 Webster]

To exceed his complement and number appointed him which was one hundred and twenty persons. --Hakluyt. [1913 Webster]

4. (Math.) A second quantity added to a given quantity to make it equal to a third given quantity. [1913 Webster]

5. Something added for ornamentation; an accessory. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Without vain art or curious complements. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

6. (Naut.) The whole working force of a vessel. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mus.) The interval wanting to complete the octave; -- the fourth is the complement of the fifth, the sixth of the third. [1913 Webster]

8. A compliment. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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[deg].

{Complement of a parallelogram}. (Math.) See {Gnomon}.

{In her complement} (Her.), said of the moon when represented as full. [1913 Webster]


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  • Complement of an arc — Complement Com ple*ment, n. [L. complementun: cf. F. compl[ e]ment. See {Complete}, v. t., and cf. {Compliment}.] 1. That which fills up or completes; the quantity or number required to fill a thing or make it complete. [1913 Webster] 2. That… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Complement of a parallelogram — Complement Com ple*ment, n. [L. complementun: cf. F. compl[ e]ment. See {Complete}, v. t., and cf. {Compliment}.] 1. That which fills up or completes; the quantity or number required to fill a thing or make it complete. [1913 Webster] 2. That… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Arithmetical complement of a number — Complement Com ple*ment, n. [L. complementun: cf. F. compl[ e]ment. See {Complete}, v. t., and cf. {Compliment}.] 1. That which fills up or completes; the quantity or number required to fill a thing or make it complete. [1913 Webster] 2. That… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Complement — Com ple*ment, n. [L. complementun: cf. F. compl[ e]ment. See {Complete}, v. t., and cf. {Compliment}.] 1. That which fills up or completes; the quantity or number required to fill a thing or make it complete. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Angle — This article is about angles in geometry. For other uses, see Angle (disambiguation). Oblique angle redirects here. For the cinematographic technique, see Dutch angle. ∠, the angle symbol In geometry, an angle is the figure formed by two rays… …   Wikipedia

  • Angle of incidence — Incidence In ci*dence, n. [Cf. F. incidence.] [1913 Webster] 1. A falling on or upon; an incident; an event; an occurrence. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. (Physics) The direction in which a body, or a ray of light or heat, falls on any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • complement */ — I UK [ˈkɒmplɪment] / US [ˈkɑmpləˌment] verb [transitive] Word forms complement : present tense I/you/we/they complement he/she/it complements present participle complementing past tense complemented past participle complemented 1) to combine well …   English dictionary

  • complement — com|ple|ment1 [ kamplə,ment ] verb transitive * 1. ) to combine well with something, often something that has different qualities: The plants are chosen to complement each other. a simple sweater that was perfectly complemented by elegant jewelry …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • complement — complementer, n. n. /kom pleuh meuhnt/; v. /kom pleuh ment /, n. 1. something that completes or makes perfect: A good wine is a complement to a good meal. 2. the quantity or amount that completes anything: We now have a full complement of packers …   Universalium

  • complement — com•ple•ment n. [[t]ˈkɒm plə mənt[/t]] v. [[t] ˌmɛnt[/t]] n. 1) something that completes or makes perfect: A good wine is a complement to a good meal[/ex] 2) the quantity or amount that completes anything: We now have a full complement of bridge… …   From formal English to slang

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