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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 language.

Happiness, like air and water . . . is composite.

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 Capital.

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.. -- Compositephotograph 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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