Meaning of COMPLEMENTARY in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē ]


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 complements of each other

complementary acute angles

5. : characterized by the capacity for precise pairing of purine and pyrimidine bases between strands of DNA and sometimes RNA such that the structure of one strand determines the other

• com·ple·men·ta·ri·ly -ˈmen-t(ə-)rə-lē, -(ˌ)men-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˈta-rə- adverb

• com·ple·men·ta·ri·ness -ˈmen-t(ə-)rē-nəs noun

• complementary noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.