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a. Made up of distinct components; compound.
b. Made by combining two or more existing things, such as photographs.
2. Mathematics Having factors; factorable.
3. Botany Of, belonging to, or characteristic of the composite family.
4. Composite Architecture Of, relating to, or being in the Composite order.
1. A structure or entity made up of distinct components: a musical suite that is a composite of operatic themes.
2. 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.
3. Botany A plant in the composite family.
4. 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.
tr.v. com·pos·it·ed, com·pos·it·ing, com·pos·ites
1. To make using distinct components.
2. To make by combining two or more photographs or images.
[French, from Old French, from Latin compositus, past participle of compōnere, to put together; see component.]
1. composed of separate parts; compound
2. (Plants) of, relating to, or belonging to the plant family Asteraceae
3. (Mathematics) maths capable of being factorized or decomposed: a composite function.
5. something composed of separate parts; compound
6. (Botany) 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)
7. (Building) a material, such as reinforced concrete, made of two or more distinct materials
8. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a proposal that has been composited
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (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
[C16: from Latin compositus well arranged, from compōnere to collect, arrange; see component]
adj., n., v. -it•ed, -it•ing. adj.
1. made up of disparate or separate parts or elements; compound: a composite picture; a composite philosophy.
2. belonging to the composite family of plants.
3. (cap.) of or designating one of the five classical orders of architecture, in which the Roman Ionic and Corinthian orders are combined, with diagonally set Ionic volutes resting upon a bell of Corinthian acanthus leaves.
4. of or pertaining to a composite function or a composite number.n.
5. something composite; a compound.
6. a composite plant.
7. a picture, photograph, or the like, that combines several separate pictures or images.v.t.
8. to make a composite of.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin compositus,compōnere to put together; see component]
Past participle: composited
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|Noun||1.||composite - a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts; "the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town"|
whole - all of something including all its component elements or parts; "Europe considered as a whole"; "the whole of American literature"
hybrid - a composite of mixed origin; "the vice-presidency is a hybrid of administrative and legislative offices"
syndrome - a complex of concurrent things; "every word has a syndrome of meanings"
|2.||composite - considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants, characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers|
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
aster family, Asteraceae, Compositae, family Asteraceae, family Compositae - plants with heads composed of many florets: aster; daisy; dandelion; goldenrod; marigold; lettuces; ragweed; sunflower; thistle; zinnia
compass flower, compass plant - any of several plants having leaves so arranged on the axis as to indicate the cardinal points of the compass
everlasting, everlasting flower - any of various plants of various genera of the family Compositae having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color
Anthemis cotula, mayweed, stinking chamomile, stinking mayweed, dog fennel - widespread rank-smelling weed having white-rayed flower heads with yellow discs
Anthemis tinctoria, dyers' chamomile, golden marguerite, yellow chamomile - Eurasian perennial herb with hairy divided leaves and yellow flowers; naturalized in North America
Anthemis arvensis, corn chamomile, field chamomile, corn mayweed - European white-flowered weed naturalized in North America
Chrysanthemum maximum maximum, Leucanthemum superbum, shasta daisy - hybrid garden flower derived from Chrysanthemum maximum and Chrysanthemum lacustre having large white flower heads resembling oxeye daisies; often placed in the genus Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum lacustre, Leucanthemum lacustre, Pyrenees daisy - perennial of Portugal similar to the oxeye daisy
Chrysanthemum ptarmiciflorum, dusty miller, silver lace, silver-lace, Tanacetum ptarmiciflorum - shrubby perennial of the Canary Islands having white flowers and leaves and hairy stems covered with dustlike down; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum
golden buttons, Tanacetum vulgare, tansy, scented fern - common perennial aromatic herb native to Eurasia having buttonlike yellow flower heads and bitter-tasting pinnate leaves sometimes used medicinally
|Adj.||1.||composite - consisting of separate interconnected parts|
complex - complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts; "a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"
|2.||composite - of or relating to or belonging to the plant family Compositae|