from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Made up of distinct components; compound.
  • adj. Mathematics Having factors; factorable.
  • adj. Botany Of, belonging to, or characteristic of the composite family.
  • adj. Architecture Of, relating to, or being in the Composite order.
  • n. A structure or an entity made up of distinct components. See Synonyms at mixture.
  • n. A complex material, such as wood or fiberglass, in which two or more distinct, structurally complementary substances, especially metals, ceramics, glasses, and polymers, combine to produce structural or functional properties not present in any individual component.
  • n. Botany A composite plant.
  • n. Mathematics The application of one function to another. For example, if ∫(x) = x2 and g(x) = x + 1, then the composite ∫(g(x)) = (x + 1)2 and the composite g(∫(x)) = x2 + 1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Made up of multiple components; compound or complex.
  • adj. Being a mixture of Ionic and Corinthian styles.
  • adj. Not prime; having factors.
  • adj. Being a member of the Asteraceae family (formerly known as Compositae).
  • n. A mixture of different components.
  • n. A structural material that gains its strength from a combination of complementary materials.
  • n. A plant belonging to the family Compositae.
  • n. A function of a function.
  • n. A drawing, photograph, or the like, that combines several separate pictures or images.
  • v. To make a composite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made up of distinct parts or elements; compounded.
  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Belonging to the order Compositæ; bearing involucrate heads of many small florets, as the daisy, thistle, and dandelion.
  • n. That which is made up of parts or compounded of several elements; composition; combination; compound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Made up of distinct parts or elements; compounded; especially, so combined as to manifest diversity of origin or make-up.
  • Specifically Made of parts so combined as to lose their distinctive characters.
  • [capitalized] In architecture, an epithet applied to the last of the five orders, because the capital which characterizes it is composed from those of other orders, borrowing a quarter-round from the Tuscan or Roman Doric, a rank of leaves from the Corinthian, and volutes from the Ionic.
  • In ship-building, having a wooden skin on an iron framework: as, a composite vessel; a vessel built on the composite principle.
  • In botany, belonging to the order Compositœ; having the characters of this order: as, a composite plant; a composite flower. See Compositæ.
  • In zoology, marked (as a genus, order, etc.) by wide range of variation in the species or other subdivisions which constitute it: often applied to artificial groups composed of widely separated elements.
  • n. Something made up of parts or different elements; a compound; a composition.
  • n. Specifically, a composite photograph.
  • n. In botany, one of the Compositæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. consisting of separate interconnected parts
  • n. considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants, characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers
  • n. a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
  • adj. of or relating to or belonging to the plant family Compositae


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from Old French, from Latin compositus, past participle of compōnere, to put together; see component.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French composite, from Latin compositus, past participle of componere ‘put together’.


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