made up of disparate or separate parts or elements; compound: a composite drawing; a composite philosophy.
Botany. belonging to the Compositae. Compare composite family.
(initial capital letter) Architecture. noting or pertaining to one of the five classical orders, popular especially since the beginning of the Renaissance but invented by the ancient Romans, in which the Roman Ionic and Corinthian orders are combined, so that four diagonally set Ionic volutes, variously ornamented, rest upon a bell of Corinthian acanthus leaves. Compare Corinthian ( def 2 ), Doric ( def 3 ), Ionic ( def 1 ), Tuscan ( def 2 ). See illus. under order.
(of a rocket or missile) having more than one stage.
(of a solid propellant) composed of a mixture of fuel and oxidizer.
Nautical. noting a vessel having frames of one material and shells and decking of another, especially one having iron or steel frames with shells and decks planked.
Mathematics. of or pertaining to a composite function or a composite number.
something composite; a compound.
Botany. a composite plant.
a picture, photograph, or the like, that combines several separate pictures.
verb (used with object), composited, compositing.
to make a composite of.

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin compositus (past participle of compōnere to put together), equivalent to com- com- + positus placed; see posit

compositely, adverb
compositeness, noun
hypercomposite, adjective
noncomposite, adjective, noun
noncompositely, adverb
noncompositeness, noun Unabridged
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composite (ˈkɒmpəzɪt)
1.  composed of separate parts; compound
2.  of, relating to, or belonging to the plant family Asteraceae
3.  maths capable of being factorized or decomposed: a composite function
4.  (sometimes capital) Doric See also Tuscan denoting or relating to one of the five classical orders of architecture: characterized by a combination of the Ionic and Corinthian styles
5.  something composed of separate parts; compound
6.  any plant of the family Asteraceae (formerly Compositae), typically having flower heads composed of ray flowers (e.g. dandelion), disc flowers (e.g. thistle), or both (e.g. daisy)
7.  a material, such as reinforced concrete, made of two or more distinct materials
8.  a proposal that has been composited
9.  (tr) to merge related motions from local branches of (a political party, trade union, etc) so as to produce a manageable number of proposals for discussion at national level
[C16: from Latin compositus well arranged, from compōnere to collect, arrange; see component]

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Word Origin & History

1560s, from O.Fr. composite, from L. compositus, pp. of componere "to put together," from com- "together" + ponere "to place" (see position). The noun is attested from 1656. Composite number is from 1730s.
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Computing Dictionary

composite definition


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Example sentences
Splits and cracks around fasteners are common with wood and composite decking,
  which can allow moisture infiltration.
The composite product bears the imprint of his personality, but he borrows more
  than he creates.
The same is true of composite works of art, of their subject and content,
  whether the theme be fable or history.
But smash them into a composite and the truth flees.
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