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com·pound 1

 (kŏm-pound′, kəm-, kŏm′pound′)
v. com·pound·ed, com·pound·ing, com·pounds
1. To combine so as to form a whole; mix: Tin was often compounded with lead to make pewter.
2. To produce or create by combining two or more ingredients or parts; compose or make up: pharmacists compounding prescriptions.
3. To settle (a debt, for example) by agreeing on an amount less than the claim; adjust.
4. To compute (interest) on the principal and accrued interest.
a. To add to or intensify so as to make worse: "The university authorities ... compounded their crime in dismissing [the professor] by denying that their action ... reflected any abridgment of academic freedom" (John Kenneth Galbraith).
b. To make worse by being an additional or intensifying factor: High winds compounded the difficulties of the firefighters.
1. To combine in or form a compound.
2. To come to terms; agree.
adj. (kŏm′pound′, kŏm-pound′, kəm-)
1. Consisting of two or more substances, ingredients, elements, or parts.
2. Botany Composed of more than one part: a compound pistil.
n. (kŏm′pound′)
1. A combination of two or more elements or parts.
2. Linguistics A word that consists either of two or more elements that are independent words, such as loudspeaker, self-portrait, or high school, or of specially modified combining forms of words, such as Greek philosophia, from philo-, "loving," and sophia, "wisdom."
3. Chemistry A pure, macroscopically homogeneous substance consisting of atoms or ions of two or more different elements in definite proportions that cannot be separated by physical means. A compound usually has properties unlike those of its constituent elements.

[Alteration of Middle English compounen, from Old French componre, compondre, to put together, from Latin compōnere; see component.]

com·pound′a·ble adj.
com·pound′er n.

com·pound 2

1. A building or buildings, especially a residence or group of residences, set off and enclosed by a barrier.
2. An enclosed area used for confining prisoners of war.

[Alteration of Malay kampong, village.]
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Her corn-cake, in all its varieties of hoe-cake, dodgers, muffins, and other species too numerous to mention, was a sublime mystery to all less practised compounders; and she would shake her fat sides with honest pride and merriment, as she would narrate the fruitless efforts that one and another of her compeers had made to attain to her elevation.
The doctor on duty, Dr Ayaz, wrote a prescription of an injection and handed it over to the compounder, Shahzaib.
The first debate will focus on the technical compounds sector and the panellists will include Heinrich Lingnau, who is senior vice president and general manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa at the leading global compounder, A Schulman.
Patna: A woman in Bihar died after the compounder served her acid to swallow medicines prescribed to her by a doctor at an eye clinic.
A woman died on Thursday after she consumed acid which was given to her by a compounder at an eye clinic in Jurna Chhapra locality under Brahampura police station area in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.
The compounder can charge from $200 to $600/hr processing fee on lines that have output rates from 100 to 10,000 lb/hr (45-4500 kg/hr), depending on the processing.
The ongoing implementation of the Compounding Quality Act (CQA) of 2013 follows a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to a steroid from a Framingham, Mass.-based drug compounder. The outbreak killed more than 60 people and sickened hundreds more.
MAHESH Chandra Sharma is a compounder at Jaipur's premier Sawai Man Singh ( SMS) Hospital.
The industry continues to be dominated by the compounding activities of Ravago, which is a leading toll compounder on behalf of the polymer majors and is also building a position as a supplier of proprietary compounds.
The 12-millimeter Twin-Screw Compounder is a stainless steel miniature co-rotating twin-screw compounder.
In 2001, three California patients died of meningitis after getting contaminated steroid shots made by a compounder. In Nevada, erectile dysfunction drugs from a compounder sent several men to the emergency room with priapism.
The award acknowledges Little's development of the TC-350 Compounder, a machine that recycles contaminated and mixed plastics.