a number that is a multiple of at least two numbers other than itself and 1.
Words nearby composite number
Origin of composite number
First recorded in 1720–30
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British Dictionary definitions for composite number
a positive integer that can be factorized into two or more other positive integersCompare prime number
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Science definitions for composite number
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An integer that can be divided by at least one other integer besides itself and 1 without leaving a remainder. 24 is a composite number since it can be divided by 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 12. No prime numbers are composite numbers. Compare prime number.
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