complements

[ noun kom-pluh-muh nt; verb kom-pluh-ment ]SEE DEFINITION OF complements
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COMPLEMENTS

The two races are complements of each other and cannot be separated.

A Parallelogramme is equall to his diagonals and complements.

The Gnomon is any one of the Diagonall with the two complements.

Mister Seward wanted I should hand ye these with his complements.

She and Mollie were so unlike they were complements to each other.

Whichever of these two things precedes, complements the other.

Boys and girls, men and women, are complements of each other.

But, if each be truth, they must be the complements each of the other.

And, if they are the complements each of the other, they must need one another.

The autobiographies of Gibbon and Franklin are complements of each other.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "that which completes," from Old French compliement "accomplishment, fulfillment" (14c., Modern French complément), from Latin complementum "that which fills up or completes," from complere "fill up" (see complete (adj.)). Originally also having senses which were taken up c.1650-1725 by compliment.

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