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compound eye an eye made up of several simple eyes, as is found in most insects.
compound fraction see complex fraction.
compound fracture a fracture in which the broken bone has torn through the skin.
compound interest interest earned or paid on both the original principal and the accrued unpaid interest. (Cf. simple interest.)
compound leaf a leaf composed of two or more leaflets on a single stalk.
compound microscope a microscope in which two lenses of differing focal lengths are mounted in an adjustable tube.
compound number a quantity expressed in two different but related units of measure, as dollars and cents or pounds and ounces.
compound sentence a sentence made of two or more independent clauses. The sentences are joined by a conjunction or semicolon. "The sky darkened, and the wind howled" is a compound sentence.