[kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree, -tree] /ˌkɒm pləˈmɛn tə ri, -tri/
forming a ; completing.
noun, plural complementaries.
acting as or forming a complement; completing
forming a satisfactory or balanced whole
forming a mathematical complement: sine and cosine are complementary functions
(maths, logic) (of a pair of sets, etc) mutually exclusive and exhaustive, each being the complement of the other
(of genes) producing an effect in association with other genes
involving or using the treatments and techniques of complementary medicine
1620s, “ceremonious,” from complement + -ary. Sense “forming a complement” attested from 1829, earliest in complementary colors.
[kom-pluh-men-tar-i-tee] /ˌkɒm plə mɛnˈtær ɪ ti/ noun 1. the quality or state of being . /ˌkɒmplɪmənˈtærɪtɪ/ noun (pl) -ties 1. a state or system that involves complementary components 2. (physics) the principle that the complete description of a phenomenon in microphysics requires the use of two distinct theories that are complementary to each other See […]
noun, Physics. 1. the principle that experiments on physical systems of atomic size or smaller, as electrons or photons, can exhibit either particle or wave behavior but not both simultaneously.
- Complementary air
complementary air com·ple·men·ta·ry air (kŏm’plə-měn’tə-rē, -trē) n. See inspiratory capacity.
noun, Mathematics. 1. either of two angles that added together produce an angle of 90°. noun 1. either of two angles whose sum is 90° Compare supplementary angle
noun, Genetics. 1. either of the nucleotide bases linked by a hydrogen bond on opposite strands of DNA or double-stranded RNA: guanine is the complementary base of cytosine, and adenine is the complementary base of thymine in DNA and of uracil in RNA.