Entertainment / Literature / Compounding: A term from linguistics used to describe the creation of a new word (neologism') that comes about by taking two existing words and sticking them together to create a brand new concept (Horobin 192). All languages do this to some extent. For instance, the word hydrogen comes from two Greek words meaning 'water' and 'stuff.' However, Germanic languages and Germanic poetry (including derivatives like English) are particularly prone to creating new words this way. Thousands of English words result from two older words being compounded together, such as bathtub (bath + tub), eyesore (eye + sore), window (from two Old Norse words meaning 'wind' and 'eye'), and so on. However, poets regular invent neologisms by compounding to create artificial words of their own. Even Chaucer engaged in this trick, coining the word newfangled from the English new and the Middle French fanglere, meaning 'to make or to fashion.' See neologism, blending, and kenning.

Compounding Period

Business / Accounting / Compounding Period: The period of time for which interest is computed. MORE

Compounding Frequency

Business / Finance / Compounding Frequency: The process of accumulating the time value of money forward in time. For example, interest earned in one period earns additional interest during each subsequent time period. MORE

Continuous Compounding

Business / Finance / Continuous Compounding: Under ERISA, a firm is liable to its pension plan participants for up to 39% of the net worth of the firm. MORE