- The definition of composite is made up of many parts.
An example of something composite is a puzzle.
- A composite is defined as something made up of multiple parts.
An example of a composite is a mixture with many liquids in it.
- formed of distinct parts; compound
- designating or of a classical Roman order of architecture, in which the scroll-like ornaments of the Ionic capital are combined with the acanthus design of the Corinthian
- Bot. designating the largest family (Asteraceae, order Asterales) of dicotyledonous plants, including the daisy, thistle, artichoke, and chrysanthemum, characterized by flower heads composed of dense clusters of small flowers surrounded by a ring of small leaves or bracts
Origin of compositeClassical Latin compositus, past participle of componere, to put together ; from com-, together + ponere, to place: see position
- a thing of distinct parts; compound; esp., any of a class of high-strength, lightweight engineering materials consisting of various combinations of alloys, plastics, and ceramics
- Bot. a composite plant
- a. Made up of distinct components; compound.b. Made by combining two or more existing things, such as photographs.
- Mathematics Having factors; factorable.
- Botany Of, belonging to, or characteristic of the composite family.
- Composite Architecture Of, relating to, or being in the Composite order.
- A structure or entity made up of distinct components: a musical suite that is a composite of operatic themes.
- A material in which two or more distinct, structurally complementary materials, usually a matrix material and a reinforcing material, are combined to produce structural or functional properties not present in any individual component. Wood, bone, concrete, plastic reinforced by glass fibers, and graphite reinforced with carbon fibers are all composite materials.
- Botany A plant in the composite family.
- Mathematics The application of one function to another. For example, if ƒ(x) = x2 and g(x) = x + 1, then the composite ƒ(g(x)) = (x + 1)2 and the composite g(ƒ(x)) = x2 + 1.
transitive verbcom·pos·it·ed, com·pos·it·ing, com·pos·ites
- To make using distinct components.
- To make by combining two or more photographs or images.
Origin of compositeFrench, from Old French, from Latin compositus, past participle of comp&omacron;nere, to put together; see component.
(comparative more composite, superlative most composite)
- A mixture of different components.
- A structural material that gains its strength from a combination of complementary materials.
- (botany) A plant belonging to the family Compositae.
- (mathematics) A function of a function.
- (chiefly law enforcement) A drawing, photograph, or the like, that combines several separate pictures or images.
(third-person singular simple present composites, present participle compositing, simple past and past participle composited)
- To make a composite.
- I composited an image using computer software.
terms etymologically related to the adjective, noun, or verb "composite"
From Old French composite, from Latin compositus, past participle of componere ‘put together’.