comprise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v comprise form or compose "This money is my only income","The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance","These constitute my entire belonging","The children made up the chorus","This sum represents my entire income for a year","These few men comprise his entire army"
    • v comprise include or contain; have as a component "A totally new idea is comprised in this paper","The record contains many old songs from the 1930's"
    • v comprise be composed of "The land he conquered comprised several provinces","What does this dish consist of?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: All of the stars comprising the Milky Way galaxy revolve around the center of the galaxy once every 200 million years or so.
    • v. t Comprise To comprehend; to include. "Comprise much matter in few words.""Friendship does two souls in one comprise ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Plant life could not exist without lightning. Nitrogen, an essential food for plants, comprises 80% of the atmosphere, but in a form that is insoluble and unusable. It's the intense heat of lightning that forces the nitrogen to combine with oxygen in the air, forming nitrogen oxides that are soluble in water and fall to the earth in rain as dilute nitric acid. This reacts with minerals in the ground to become the nitrates on which the plants depend.
    • comprise To comprehend; contain; include; embrace: as, the German empire comprises a number of separate states.
    • comprise To press together; gather into a small compass; compress.
    • comprise Synonyms To embrace, embody, inclose, encircle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The air we breathe is comprised of 78% nitrogen, 21.5% oxygen and 0.5% argon.
    • v.t Comprise kom-prīz′ to contain, include: to sum up
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Quotations

  • Joseph Roux
    Joseph Roux
    “Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From F. compris, comprise, p. p. of comprendre, L. comprehendere,. See Comprehend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. compris, pa.p. of comprendre—L. comprehendĕre. See Comprehend.

Usage

In literature:

The crews of the ships comprised some fine sailors, who, I think, were the smartest lot I ever saw.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
One is the Relation of 1673, and the other comprises a period of six years, from 1673 to 1679.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851" by Various
The total system comprises at present about 180 miles.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
The fine old plastered stone houses of Philadelphia comprise one of the distinctive and most admired types of its Colonial architecture.
"The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia" by Frank Cousins
The prisoners captured during June 10, 1916, comprised one general, 409 officers, and 35,100 soldiers.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
The former are used for distant operations and comprise nine vessels.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
Now only Luke and Mary comprised the family.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
It comprises specimens of their household utensils, weapons, dress, matwork, besides models of their dwellings and canoes.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The territory which comprised the colony was of great value economically to the North-West Company.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
It comprises about 3,600 words and includes laws relating to property, marriage, guardianship, domestic relations, etc.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
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In poetry:

Your beautiful eyes
Will be closed up with clay;
But all the magic they comprise,
The hopes, the dreams, the ecstasies
Pass not away.
"The Eternal" by Edith Nesbit
And as the thrifty vine while growing
Round distant limbs its fibers twine,
With all its wealth of shade bestowing,
Comprises but a single vine.
"The Future Of America, In The Unity Of The Races" by James Madison Bell
The months or years which your career
May still comprise before you perish,
Shall serve to prove that I, my dear,
Can honour, and obey, and cherish.
"After the Golden Wedding (Three Soliloquies)" by James Kenneth Stephen
"Inspire me to survey the skies,
And tremble at their golden wonder;
To learn the space that I comprise,
At once to marvel, and to ponder,
And drop mine eyes.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Three hundred pounds per annum spent
On making brain and body meeter
For all the murderous intent
Comprised in "villanous saltpetre!"
And after — ask the Yusufzaies
What comes of all our 'ologies.
"Arithmetic on the Frontier" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

If you own property in Gaston County, public school tax comprises at least 50 percent of your real estate tax bill.
7,645,803 titled " saccharide foamable compositions," covers unique foamable compositions comprised of saccharides such as monosaccharides, disaccharides, oligosaccharides and honey.
Moonset at Rock Hill, one of five volcanoes that comprise the Salton Buttes.
A Scrum development team is supposed to include five to nine people comprising all of the skills required to do all of the work required.
Semen is comprised of secretions and cells from seminal vesicles, prostate, testis, epididymis, and ejaculatory ducts.
This group is comprised of smart and talented kids who are fed up with the violence in Flint.
Standing guard like a sentry at the gates of Tehran, Iran, is the impressive Azadi Tower, built in 1971 and comprised of eight thousand white marble blocks.
First are the eastern states, which comprise the original 13 colonies and the states of the Midwest and Great Plains.
'Children of the Plumed Serpent : The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico' at LACMA comprises 218 sculptures, ceramics, painted manuscripts, textiles, body ornaments and more.
The Seventy Series from Mitsubishi comprises videowall display cubes designed for flexibility, internal processing, auto-balancing, easy setup, durability, and redundancy, according to the company.
The senior legislature mirrors the West Virginia Legislature and is comprised of 134 members representing 55 counties.
Comprises fewer than 100 miles of that total -- less than 1 percent.
Shown are children comprising Community Christian School's pre-school class.
A heat-sensitive adhesive material comprising has been granted a patent.
The holder comprises a front region, a crotch region having a specified Crotch Holding Force, and a rear region.
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In science:

To determine the highredshift star formation, the sources that comprise the submillimeter EBL need to be determined.
The Submillimeter Properties of Extremely Red Objects
On the other hand, the charged particles comprising the solar wind will not reach Earth.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Still this quantity comprises many important spectral features of the random Schr¨odinger operator and its understanding can be seen as a first step towards the proof of localization.
Integrated density of states for random metrics on manifolds
Put ˜T 0 u = r(˜bw (u)) u consist of all the edges comprising each ˜bw (u) as w runs through E 0 .
Some intrinsic properties of simple graph $C^*$-algebras
At most it comprises also all galaxies with unknown redshift.
Optical spectroscopy and the UV luminosity function of galaxies in the Abell 1367, Coma and Virgo clusters
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