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adjective com·pos·ite \ käm-ˈpä-zət , kəm-ˈpä- , especially British ˈkäm-pə-zit \
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of composite

1 :made up of distinct parts or elements
  • a composite photograph
  • composite materials
: such 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 synonym 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 :combining the typical or essential characteristics of individuals making up a group
  • … the composite man called the Poet …
  • —Richard Poirier
  • … the knight was a composite portrait of men whom Chaucer personally knew.
  • —John Livingston Lowes
3 of a statistical hypothesis :specifying a range of values for one or more statistical parameters — compare simple 10
4 of a video signal :having two signal components (such as chrominance and luminance) combined in a single channel
  • For years, commercial television equipment has relied upon composite video cabling, which carries both brightness (luminance) and color (chroma) in a single cable. Problem is, before your television can produce a picture from this signal, it must be heavily filtered, resulting in serious degradation of image quality.
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compositely

adverb

Examples of composite in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of composite

Latin compositus, past participle of componere — see compose

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composite

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Definition of composite

1 :something composite :compound
  • a composite of two images
2 :a composite (see 1composite 1b) plant
  • daisys, dandelions, and other composites
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 (such 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.

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Origin and Etymology of composite

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composite

verb

Definition of composite

composited; compositing
transitive verb
: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

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First Known Use of composite

1923


Financial Definition of COMPOSITE

composite

What It Is

A composite is a grouping of securities, indexes or other items.

How It Works

One of the most well-known composites in the finance world is the Dow Jones Composite Average, which is  a price-weighted average of the 65 companies that compose the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Dow Jones Transportation Average, and the Dow Jones Utility Average. The index is price-weighted, meaning that the stocks with the highest prices have the most influence on the index.

Why It Matters

Composites are broad measures and usually a convenient way to evaluate the performance of a wide array of securities, other indexes or other items. For instance, the Dow Jones Composite Index gives a good indication of the overall direction of the largest companies in the United States: It includes some of the titans of the transportation, utility, financial services, technology, retail, entertainment and consumer goods industries. As such, the index is not just a measure of market performance; some consider it an economic indicator as well.


COMPOSITE Defined for English Language Learners

composite

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Definition of composite for English Language Learners

  • : made of different parts or elements


composite

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Definition of composite for English Language Learners

  • : 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


COMPOSITE Defined for Kids

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adjective com·pos·ite \ kəm-ˈpä-zət \

Definition of composite for Students

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


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