|1.||[ noun ] (grammar,linguistics) a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction|
|2.||[ verb ] make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to|
"I need some pepper to complement the sweet touch in the soup"
|3.||[ noun ] (work) number needed to make up whole force|
: "a full complement of workers"
|Related terms:||work_force ship's_company|
|4.||[ noun ] (mathematics) a complete number or quantity|
: "a full complement"
|5.||[ noun ] something added to complete or make perfect|
: "a fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner"
|6.||[ noun ] (biology,chemistry,biochemistry,immunology) one of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response|
|Related terms:||enzyme immune_response|
|7.||[ noun ] either of two parts that mutually complete each other|