[ kuh m-poz-it ]
/ kəmˈpɒz ɪt /
made up of disparate or separate parts or elements; compound: a composite drawing; a composite philosophy.
Botany. belonging to the Compositae.Compare composite family.
(initial capital letter) Architecture. noting or pertaining to one of the five classical orders, popular especially since the beginning of the Renaissance but invented by the ancient Romans, in which the Roman Ionic and Corinthian orders are combined, so that four diagonally set Ionic volutes, variously ornamented, rest upon a bell of Corinthian acanthus leaves.Compare Corinthian(def 2), Doric(def 3), Ionic(def 1), Tuscan(def 2).
- (of a rocket or missile) having more than one stage.
- (of a solid propellant) made up of a mixture of fuel and oxidizer.
Nautical. noting a vessel having frames of one material and shells and decking of another, especially one having iron or steel frames with shells and decks planked.
Mathematics. of or relating to a composite function or a composite number.
something composite; a compound.
Botany. a composite plant.
a picture, photograph, or the like, that combines several separate pictures.
verb (used with object), com·pos·it·ed, com·pos·it·ing.
to make a composite of.
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Origin of composite
OTHER WORDS FROM composite
com·pos·ite·ly, adverbcom·pos·ite·ness, nounhy·per·com·pos·ite, adjectivenon·com·pos·ite, adjective, noun
non·com·pos·ite·ly, adverbnon·com·pos·ite·ness, noun
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/ (ˈkɒmpəzɪt) /
composed of separate parts; compound
of, relating to, or belonging to the plant family Asteraceae
maths capable of being factorized or decomposeda composite function
something composed of separate parts; compound
any plant of the family Asteraceae (formerly Compositae), typically having flower heads composed of ray flowers (e.g. dandelion), disc flowers (e.g. thistle), or both (e.g. daisy)
a material, such as reinforced concrete, made of two or more distinct materials
a proposal that has been composited
(tr) to merge related motions from local branches of (a political party, trade union, etc) so as to produce a manageable number of proposals for discussion at national level
Derived forms of compositecompositely, adverbcompositeness, noun
Word Origin for composite
C16: from Latin compositus well arranged, from compōnere to collect, arrange; see component
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