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composite

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adjective com·pos·ite \käm-ˈpä-zət, kəm-ˈ, especially British ˈkäm-pə-zit\

Simple Definition of composite

  • : made of different parts or elements

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of composite

  1. 1 :  made up of distinct parts: as a capitalized :  relating to or being a modification of the Corinthian order combining angular Ionic volutes with the acanthus-circled bell of the Corinthian b :  of or relating to a very large family (Compositae syn. Asteraceae) of dicotyledonous herbs, shrubs, and trees often considered to be the most highly evolved plants and characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers c :  factorable into two or more prime factors other than 1 and itself <8 is a positive composite integer>

  2. 2 :  combining the typical or essential characteristics of individuals making up a group <the composite man called the Poet — Richard Poirier>

  3. 3 of a statistical hypothesis :  specifying a range of values for one or more statistical parameters — compare simple 10

compositely adverb

Examples of composite in a sentence

  1. <the movie's special effects included the use of many composite photographs>



Origin of composite

Latin compositus, past participle of componere


First Known Use: 1563

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composite

noun com·pos·ite

Simple Definition of composite

  • : something that is made up of different parts

  • : a drawing of someone who is wanted by the police that is made using descriptions given by witnesses

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of composite

  1. 1 :  something composite :  compound <a composite of two images>

  2. 2 :  a composite plant

  3. 3 :  composite function

  4. 4 :  a solid material which is composed of two or more substances having different physical characteristics and in which each substance retains its identity while contributing desirable properties to the whole; especially :  a structural material made of plastic within which a fibrous material (as silicon carbide) is embedded

Examples of composite in a sentence

  1. a composite of diverse communities

  2. He spotted a man who resembled the police composite.



1656

First Known Use of composite

1656

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composite

verb com·pos·ite

Definition of composite

compositedcompositing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make composite or into something composite <composited four soil samples> <composite the images>



Examples of composite in a sentence

  1. <wood chips can be composited or sold as mulch>



1923

First Known Use of composite

1923


COMPOSITE Defined for Kids

composite

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adjective com·pos·ite \kəm-ˈpä-zət\

Definition of composite for Students

  1. :  made up of different parts or elements <Concrete is a composite material made up of cement, sand, stone, and water.>





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