composite

adjective
com·​pos·​ite | \ käm-ˈpä-zət How to pronounce composite (audio) , kəm-ˈpä-, especially British ˈkäm-pə-zit How to pronounce composite (audio) \

Definition of composite

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 sense 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.Home Theater Buyer's Guide — compare component entry 2 sense 2
5 : an artist's sketch or digitally generated image of a criminal suspect usually created from witnesses's descriptions and used to help police identify and apprehend the suspect a police composite Police have released a composite of the suspect based on a description from the victim of the April 4 robbery.— Jim Jaworski

composite

noun

Definition of composite (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something composite : compound a composite of two images
2 : a composite (see composite entry 1 sense 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

composite

verb
composited; compositing

Definition of composite (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make composite or into something composite composited four soil samples composite the images

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Other Words from composite

Adjective

compositely adverb

Examples of composite in a Sentence

Adjective the movie's special effects included the use of many composite photographs Noun a composite of diverse communities He spotted a man who resembled the police composite. Verb wood chips can be composited or sold as mulch
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective TERRAZZO Terrazzo is a composite material made of up chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass, and others, that are then poured into a chemical resin cast. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "How to Pick the Right Kitchen Countertop Material, According to Experts," 6 Sep. 2019 They can also be used as components in solar cells, in biomedical devices, and in composite materials, where their strength and weight becomes an asset for building durable, light materials. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Why This New 16-Bit Carbon Nanotube Processor Is Such a Big Deal," 28 Aug. 2019 Allegheny Technologies, which makes composite materials used in the aircraft, has been similarly clobbered. The Economist, "Boeing’s troubles cost the aerospace industry $4bn a quarter," 22 Aug. 2019 But metal and composite bats are largely made in China, and those are the ones used by club and school leagues with the tightest budgets. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "Everything You Need to Play Baseball Is Made in China — and Getting Hit by Trump’s Tariffs," 3 Sep. 2019 When it was built, JET used carbon fibre composite tiles, but carbon binds with tritium, forming a powder that needs to be removed. Giulia Pacchioni, Scientific American, "The Road to Fusion," 26 Aug. 2019 Final August data are published on Sept. 3 for U.S. manufacturing and Sept. 5 for services and composite indicators. Alex Tanzi, Fortune, "U.S. Manufacturing Sector Shrinks for First Time Since 2009," 22 Aug. 2019 Now the volunteer group uses composite aluminum, which is lightweight and durable. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "The story behind Alabama barn quilts," 14 Aug. 2019 Officers spoke with the victim to create a composite drawing of her attacker, but she was intoxicated at the time of the attack, and the accuracy of the drawing was unclear. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Police Department ramps up use of streetlamp video cameras, ACLU raises surveillance concerns," 5 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq composite both dipped slightly. BostonGlobe.com, "A meandering day of trading left stock indexes close to their record highs on Wednesday, as strong gains for health care companies jousted with sharp drops in energy stocks.," 7 Nov. 2019 On the index’s 20-city composite, prices were 2% higher, unchanged from July’s gain. Jessica Menton, USA TODAY, "US home prices rise in August but cool in major markets, a potential boon to buyers," 29 Oct. 2019 Photo-composite, photographs by Greg Kahn for TIME An artist friend of mine recently survived breast cancer. Angelina Jolie, Time, "Angelina Jolie: Medical Advances in Women's Health Are Important. But They're Only Part of the Picture," 24 Oct. 2019 The Shanghai composite rose 0.24% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dipped 0.16%. Fortune, "Time is Running Out for a U.S.-China Trade Deal," 21 Sep. 2019 The Nasdaq composite, which is heavily weighted with technology stocks, vaulted 176.33 points, or 2.2%, to 8,039.16. Washington Post, "Asian shares mixed following broad rally for US stocks," 10 Aug. 2019 Advanced software, running on powerful neural engines, can now do everything from fixing blemishes and closed eyes on the fly to applying depth-of-field affects to live video to stitching together several images for the best possible composite. Wired, "What to Expect From Apple’s Fall Hardware Extravaganza," 6 Sep. 2019 It will be made from a biopolymer basalt composite that's made from recyclable corn and sugar cane waste, according to Curbed. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Cabin Was Built for Mars—But You Can Test it Out in Upstate New York," 4 Sep. 2019 That's because the first rocks formed as our Solar System started to condense were thought to be composites, with the inclusions representing the materials with high melting points that condensed first. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Tiny robot finds an asteroid that’s freakishly free of dust," 22 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The senior linebacker also moved up to a four-star prospect in the 247Sports composite ranking. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "‘He’s like a 10-year pro’ — Ruben Hyppolite emerging as a leader for McArthur," 31 July 2019 Google This feature also taps into a burst of multiple images, and then uses Google’s Pixel Visual Core chip to composite a blur-free photo. Jon Phillips, PCWorld, "Google Pixel 3: The 5 features that matter most," 9 Oct. 2018 Smart marvels at the hype around Georgia’s most recent recruiting class, which snapped Alabama’s seven-year stranglehold on the top spot in the 247Sports composite ranking. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Kirby Smart Won't Let the Search for New Leaders Change Georgia's End Goal," 26 Mar. 2018 Facebook's issues have hurt the Nasdaq composite the most. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Stock market rattled by Facebook, other worries," 19 Mar. 2018 Georgia, currently No. 2 in the 247Sports composite behind Ohio State, has six with five-star ratings. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "Why Alabama's run of 7 straight No. 1 recruiting classes is in serious trouble," 5 Feb. 2018 Miami’s recruiting class has a good chance to finish in the top 5 of the 247Sports composite ranking and perhaps no group is stronger than the Hurricanes running backs. David Wilson Diehards, ajc, "Miami recruiting: How Mark Walton’s injury could affect Hurricanes’ future at RB," 10 Oct. 2017 FILE PHOTO (EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF TWO IMAGES - Image numbers (L) 630131844 and 619019694) In this composite image a comparision has been made between Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea (L) and Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal. SI.com, "Chelsea vs Arsenal Preview as Champions Prepare to Meet London Rivals in Beijing," 19 July 2017 In the same 247Sports composite ranking, Herbert was 39th. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Oregon QB Justin Herbert, with help from Mannings, says his confidence has improved most," 14 July 2017

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First Known Use of composite

Adjective

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for composite

Adjective and Noun

Latin compositus, past participle of componere — see compose

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31 Oct 2019

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The first known use of composite was in 1563

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composite

adjective

Financial Definition of 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.

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composite

adjective
How to pronounce composite (audio) How to pronounce composite (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of composite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: made of different parts or elements

composite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of composite (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is made up of different parts
US : a drawing of someone who is wanted by the police that is made using descriptions given by witnesses

composite

adjective
com·​pos·​ite | \ kəm-ˈpä-zət How to pronounce composite (audio) \

Kids Definition of composite

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

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