People used to think you needed to eat incomplete proteins together in the same meal to make up a complete protein, but that view has been debunked; simply eat a variety of plant-based protein sources throughout the day and you'll be fine.—Katherine Hobson
: lacking one or more sets of floral organs
an incomplete flower without stamens
of a football pass: not legally caught
of insect metamorphosis: characterized by the absence of a pupal stage between the immature stages and the adult of an insect in which the young usually resemble the adult compare completesense 6
an incomplete set of encyclopedias
She handed in an incomplete assignment.
Recent Examples on the WebThere might be video or sound issues, or the show itself might be incomplete.—WIRED, 18 Nov. 2023 The suit also argues that an August 2022 determination letter from zoning officials was based on incomplete and outdated information from the District.—Michael Brice-Saddler, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 Currently, the researchers are using data from four health care institutions to understand issues with incomplete colonoscopy and subsequent testing.—Deborah Balthazar, STAT, 16 Nov. 2023 The Tower of Babel remained as incomplete as the Winchester Mystery House.—Myriam Gurba, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 Proteins can be categorized as incomplete or complete proteins.—Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 9 Nov. 2023 Sure, the eighties also saw the rebirth of democracy throughout the region, but what a slow, agonizing, incomplete gestation that was.—Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 Fittingly, the Bruins’ final drive against Arizona on Saturday night ended with a third-string quarterback throwing a fourth-down pass that fell incomplete, giving the ball back to the Wildcats.—Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 The data is incomplete: Manning noted that most local businesses don’t file for a trademark.—Byirina Ivanova, Fortune, 29 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English incompleet, from Late Latin incompletus, from Latin in- + completus complete