complementary

  • 1 complementary — com‧ple‧men‧ta‧ry [ˌkɒmplˈmentri◂ ǁ ˌkɑːm ] adjective MARKETING sold or used with other products: • complementary goods, for example videocassettes and videorecorders * * * complementary UK US /ˌkɒmplɪˈmentəri/ adjective ► different but useful… …

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  • 2 Complementary — Com ple*men ta*ry, a. Serving to fill out or to complete; as, complementary numbers. [1913 Webster] {Complementary colors}. See under {Color}. {Complementary angles} (Math.), two angles whose sum is 90[deg]. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 complementary — 1620s, ceremonious, from COMPLEMENT (Cf. complement) + ARY (Cf. ary). Sense forming a complement attested from 1829, earliest in complementary colors …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 complementary — ► ADJECTIVE 1) combining so as to form a complete whole or to enhance each other. 2) relating to complementary medicine …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 Complementary — Com ple*men ta*ry, n. [See {Complimentary}.] One skilled in compliments. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 complementary — index cognate, concordant, concurrent (united), convertible, correlative, mutual (reciprocal) …

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  • 7 complementary — complementary, complemental *reciprocal, correlative, corresponding, convertible Analogous words: complementing, supplementing (see corresponding verbs under COMPLEMENT n): completing, finishing (see CLOSE vb): related, associated (see JOIN)… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 complementary — [adj] filling, completing commutual, complemental, completing, completory, conclusive, correlative, correspondent, corresponding, crowning, equivalent, fellow, integral, integrative, interconnected, interdependent, interrelated, interrelating,… …

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  • 9 complementary — [käm΄pləmen′təlkäm΄plə men′tə rē] adj. 1. acting as a complement; completing 2. making up what is lacking in one another: Also complemental [käm΄pləmen′təl] …

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  • 10 complementary — [[t]kɒ̱mplɪme̱ntri[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n, also v link ADJ to n Complementary things are different from each other but make a good combination. [FORMAL] To improve the quality of life through work, two complementary strategies are necessary...… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 complementary — com|ple|men|ta|ry [ˌkɔmplıˈmentəri US ˌka:m ] adj 1.) complementary things go well together, although they are usually different ▪ The computer and the human mind have different but complementary abilities. 2.) technical complementary colours of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 complementary — adj. VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ essentially ▪ mutually ▪ These two aims are not always mutually complementary: at times they conflict. PREPOSITION …

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  • 13 complementary — complement, compliment, complementary, complimentary 1. Complement and compliment each function as noun and verb; in pronunciation they are largely indistinguishable except that in the verbal function compliment has a fuller i sound in its second …

    Modern English usage

  • 14 complementary — Two DNA molecules are complementary to one another when each successive base position from the 5 end in the first molecule is matched by the corresponding residue in the second, starting at the 3 end, according to the normal base pair rules (i.e …

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  • 15 complementary — adjective Date: 1829 1. relating to or constituting one of a pair of contrasting colors that produce a neutral color when combined in suitable proportions 2. serving to fill out or complete 3. mutually supplying each other s lack 4. being… …

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  • 16 complementary — adj. complementary to * * * [ˌkɒmplɪ ment(ə)rɪ] complementary to …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 complementary — adjective 1 making someone or something better or more attractive by emphasizing its good qualities or having qualities that the other person or thing lacks: The computer and the human mind have different but complementary abilities. 2 technical… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 complementary — adj. 1 completing; forming a complement. 2 (of two or more things) complementing each other. Phrases and idioms: complementary angle either of two angles making up 90°. complementary colour a colour that combined with a given colour makes white… …

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  • 19 complementary — complementariness, n. /kom pleuh men teuh ree, tree/, adj., n., pl. complementaries. adj. 1. forming a complement; completing. 2. complementing each other. n. 3. See complementary color (def. 1). [1590 1600; COMPLEMENT + ARY] * * * …

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  • 20 complementary — com·ple·men·ta·ry .käm plə ment ə rē, men trē adj 1) relating to or constituting one of a pair of contrasting colors that produce a neutral color when combined in suitable proportions 2) characterized by molecular complementarity esp… …

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