com·pos·ite /kɑmˈpɑzət, kəmˈ, ||ˈkɑmpəzɪt/
Com·pos·ite n. That which is made up of parts or compounded of several elements; composition; combination; compound. [R.]
1. Made up of distinct parts or elements; compounded; as, a composite language.
Happiness, like air and water . . . is composite. --Landor.
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..
Composite photograph or Composite 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.
adj 1: consisting of separate interconnected parts
2: of or relating to or belonging to the plant family
3: used of color
4: a modified Corinthian style of architecture (a combination
of Corinthian and Ionic)
n 1: a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts;
"the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads
created a new town" [syn: complex]
2: considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants,
characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that
resemble single flowers [syn: composite plant]