1 a substance that contains atoms of two or more chemical elements held together by chemical bonds
2 any combination of two or more parts, aspects, etc.
3 a word formed from two existing words or combining forms
vb mainly tr
4 to mix or combine so as to create a compound or other product
5 to make by combining parts, elements, aspects, etc.
to compound a new plastic
6 to intensify by an added element
his anxiety was compounded by her crying
7 (Finance) to calculate or pay (interest) on both the principal and its accrued interest
8 also intr to come to an agreement in (a quarrel, dispute, etc.)
9 also intr to settle (a debt, promise, etc.) for less than what is owed; compromise
10 (Law) to agree not to prosecute in return for a consideration
to compound a crime
11 (Electrical engineering) to place duplex windings on the field coil of (a motor or generator), one acting as a shunt, the other being in series with the main circuit, thus making the machine self-regulating
12 composed of or created by the combination of two or more parts, elements, etc.
13 (of a word) consisting of elements that are also words or productive combining forms
14 (of a sentence) formed by coordination of two or more sentences
15 (of a verb or the tense, mood, etc., of a verb) formed by using an auxiliary verb in addition to the main verb
the future in English is a compound tense involving the use of such auxiliary verbs as ``shall'' and ``will''
a denoting a time in which the number of beats per bar is a multiple of three
six-four is an example of compound time
b (of an interval) greater than an octave
17 (Zoology) another word for →
18 (of a steam engine, turbine, etc.) having multiple stages in which the steam or working fluid from one stage is used in a subsequent stage
19 (of a piston engine) having a supercharger powered by a turbine in the exhaust stream
(C14: from earlier compounen, from Old French compondre to collect, set in order, from Latin componere)