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composite

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

Definition of composite

  1. 1 :  made up of distinct parts or elements a composite photograph composite materials: such asa capitalized :  relating to or being a modification of the Corinthian order combining angular Ionic volutes with the acanthus -circled bell of the Corinthianb :  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 flowersc :  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 … the knight was a composite portrait of men whom Chaucer personally knew. — John Livingston Lowes

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

  4. 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 2component 2

compositely

adverb

Examples of composite in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of composite

Latin compositus, past participle of componere —see compose


First Known Use: 1563

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composite

noun com·pos·ite

Definition of composite

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

  2. 2 :  a composite (see 1composite 1b) plant daisys, dandelions, and other composites

  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 (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.

Origin and Etymology of composite

see 1composite


First Known Use: 1656

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composite

verb com·pos·ite

Definition of composite

composited

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compositing

  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 English Language Learners

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composite

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

Definition of composite for English Language Learners

  • : made of different parts or elements


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composite

noun com·pos·ite

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

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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