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- made up of multiple components; compound or complex
- (mathematics) not prime; having factors
- (botany) being a member of the Compositae family (now known as Asteraceae)
- (architecture) being a mixture of Ionic and Corinthian styles
- a mixture of different components
- a structural material that gains its strength from a combination of complementary materials
- (botany) a composite plant (belonging to the family Compositae)
- (mathematics) a function of a function
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Com*pos"ite (?; 277), a. [L.
compositus made up of parts, p. p. of componere.
See Compound, v. t., and cf.
Compost.] 1. Made up of distinct
parts or elements; compounded; as, a composite
Happiness, like air and water . . . is
2. (Arch.) Belonging to a certain
order which is composed of the Ionic order grafted upon the
Corinthian. It is called also the Roman or the
Italic order, and is one of the five orders recognized by
the Italian writers of the sixteenth century. See
3. (Bot.) Belonging to the order
Compositæ; bearing involucrate heads of many small
florets, as the daisy, thistle, and dandelion.
Composite carriage, a railroad car
having compartments of different classes. [Eng.] --
Composite number (Math.), one which
can be divided exactly by a number exceeding unity, as 6 by 2 or
3.. -- Composite photograph or
portrait, one made by a combination, or blending,
of several distinct photographs. F. Galton. --
Composite sailing (Naut.), a
combination of parallel and great circle sailing. --
Composite ship, one with a wooden casing
and iron frame.
Com*pos"ite (?; 277), n. That
which is made up of parts or compounded of several elements;
composition; combination; compound. [R.]
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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