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composite

[kuh m-poz-it] /kəmˈpɒz ɪt/
adjective
1.
made up of disparate or separate parts or elements; compound:
a composite drawing; a composite philosophy.
2.
Botany. belonging to the Compositae.
3.
(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).
4.
Rocketry.
  1. (of a rocket or missile) having more than one stage.
  2. (of a solid propellant) composed of a mixture of fuel and oxidizer.
5.
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.
6.
Mathematics. of or pertaining to a composite function or a composite number.
noun
7.
something composite; a compound.
8.
Botany. a composite plant.
9.
a picture, photograph, or the like, that combines several separate pictures.
verb (used with object), composited, compositing.
10.
to make a composite of.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin compositus (past participle of compōnere to put together), equivalent to com- com- + positus placed; see posit
Related forms
compositely, adverb
compositeness, noun
hypercomposite, adjective
noncomposite, adjective, noun
noncompositely, adverb
noncompositeness, noun
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Examples for composite
  • Splits and cracks around fasteners are common with wood and composite decking, which can allow moisture infiltration.
  • Probably five per cent of it does, but as a whole it has no accent, since it is a composite of all in one.
  • 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.
  • The lesson here is that the ideal adviser may be a composite of various imperfect humans.
  • From this might emerge a fresh composite that values different cultural and situational perspectives.
  • The faces of literary characters as pictured by police composite-sketch software.
  • The nylon-composite beak is only a temporary fix, designed to nail down precise measurements.
  • One of the brightest gamma-ray bursts yet is seen in a composite x-ray image.
British Dictionary definitions for composite

composite

/ˈkɒmpəzɪt/
adjective
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) denoting or relating to one of the five classical orders of architecture: characterized by a combination of the Ionic and Corinthian styles See also Doric, Tuscan
noun
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
verb (ˈkɒmpəˌzaɪt)
9.
(transitive) 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
Derived Forms
compositely, adverb
compositeness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin compositus well arranged, from compōnere to collect, arrange; see component
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Word Origin and History for composite
adj.

c.1400, from Old French composite, from Latin compositus "placed together," past participle of componere "to put together, to collect a whole from several parts," from com- "together" (see com-) + ponere "to place" (see position (n.)). The noun is attested from c.1400. Composite number is from 1730s.

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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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