Definition of composite in English:

composite

adjective

  • 1Made up of several parts or elements.

    ‘this soup is one of those composite dishes which you gradually build up’
    • ‘They tried to abandon elements of composite culture.’
    • ‘They come in two varieties, elementary and composite.’
    • ‘He inherited from his father a composite culture which included elements of Sufism and Hinduism.’
    • ‘It's not a composite indicator, just how many empty units there happened to be in October.’
    • ‘Either you can't put together the myriad thoughts and decisions of millions of voters into one composite meaning, or in a rough and ready way you can; but in the latter case there has to be some logical consistency to it.’
    • ‘The result then is a harmonious blend of their voices to form an impressive, composite whole.’
    • ‘The higher values in D. simulans were mainly caused by the high sequence divergence of the ULRs of the composite elements.’
    • ‘We therefore assessed the relevant methodological aspects individually rather than use a composite score.’
    • ‘Well, more than a few people obviously over the years have wondered whether Deep Throat even actually existed, or was some kind of composite character.’
    • ‘A composite definition would include three elements.’
    • ‘All items are then summed into a total composite score indicating drug use severity.’
    • ‘Mortality was better predicted by the composite physiological index than by pulmonary function tests.’
    • ‘The world, as he sees it, consists of ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’, with the latter combining to form a composite threat.’
    • ‘The composite battalion operated the mixed weapons for the remainder of the siege.’
    • ‘She suggests a space of possibility for mixed folks to embrace composite identities as part of an inter-ethnic, anti-racism struggle.’
    • ‘Interesting special features explain how they did all this with real animals, showing the way effects blended together tigers and people shot separately to make composite scenes.’
    • ‘The composite elements are arranged in a bicyclic fashion which is a derivative of a purine ring system.’
    • ‘Mochizuki's innovation was to develop a composite art, incorporating elements from all of the schools he had studied.’
    • ‘Her team of researchers created a computer programme which reads through some 13 online news sites and sifts through them to make composite stories on different subjects.’
    • ‘For a composite insurance group, this is a drain on capital which prevents it making progress in areas it can manage actively, such as general insurance.’
    compound, complex
    combined, blended, mixed, compounded, synthesized
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    1. 1.1(of a constructional material) made up of recognizable constituents.
      ‘modern composite materials’
      • ‘Since the plaster is a composite material using appropriate qualities of cement, sand and aggregate, the final material has a dull color.’
      • ‘In order to minimise the weight, approximately 80% of the airframe has been constructed of composite materials.’
      • ‘They did note, however, that the composite materials behave differently than wood.’
      • ‘In a composite material, fibers have the role of the load-bearing constituent.’
      • ‘Aeronautics engineers say its performance is due to the plane's enhanced fuel efficiency and super-light construction from composite materials.’
      • ‘The airframe incorporates modern design with wide use of structural bonding and composite materials.’
      • ‘Designed with stealth features and shaped like a kite, Pegasus is constructed largely with composite materials.’
      • ‘It features composite wood decking, fireplaces, a barbecue center, and built-in benches.’
      • ‘Although the composite material is synthetic, the clear or milky translucence of quartz gives the countertops a depth and luminosity that can only be achieved with natural stone.’
      • ‘By winter of 2000, my company was participating in the reconstruction of the courthouse by installing glass composite materials to strengthen the concrete shear walls.’
      • ‘Thanks to a recently developed building material - composite lumber, designed for decking - you can build rotproof raised beds.’
      • ‘Because they are a composite material, made from wood by-products, they tend to be very stable and hold paint very well.’
      • ‘Other materials, such as composite resins, also are gaining popularity.’
      • ‘TimberTech decking is a high-tech composite material made from recycled wood fiber and polymers.’
      • ‘Additionally, a new hood constructed of strong, flexible composite material improves the appearance, sound level and durability of both machines.’
      • ‘Many of the plastic milk bottles, detergent containers and grocery bags we recycle are being mixed with wood fiber to make a new generation of decking material called composite lumber.’
      • ‘‘Most companies use generic hardware parts that are made out of metal and composite materials,’ he explains.’
      • ‘The blind slat's surface is a smooth poly-coating or a solid composite material.’
      • ‘Since silicates are not flammable and only melt at very high temperatures, asbestos fibers have been used to make flame-retardant fabrics and composite materials.’
      • ‘In another improvement, the new belt is manufactured from a composite leather material that looks like patent leather but is much stronger and does not develop creases like the current belt.’
    2. 1.2(of a railway carriage) having compartments of more than one class or function.
      ‘composite coaches containing first-class and third-class compartments’
      • ‘Seven of these cars were composite, each carrying twenty first-class and fifty-eight second-class passengers.’
    3. 1.3Mathematics
      (of an integer) being the product of two or more factors greater than unity; not prime.
      • ‘These particular numbers have characteristics that make it relatively easy to check whether a candidate is either a prime number or a composite number.’
      • ‘And hence it will be quite in order to maintain that the square is not less than double the area of the triangle inscribed within it, and to affirm other similar properties that belong to the nature of this composite figure.’
      • ‘Eratosthenes's sieve drains out composite numbers and leaves prime numbers behind.’
      • ‘Positive integers greater than 1 that aren't prime are called composite integers.’
      • ‘Positive integers other than primes, known as composite numbers, can be written as the product of smaller primes.’
  • 2Relating to or denoting a classical order of architecture consisting of elements of the Ionic and Corinthian orders.

  • 3Botany
    Relating to or denoting plants of the daisy family (Compositae).

    • ‘Members of the composite family are powerful attractors of beneficial insects, as well as bees and butterflies.’

noun

  • 1A thing made up of several parts or elements.

    ‘the English legal system is a composite of legislation and judicial precedent’
    • ‘These alloys also feature projected costs lower than those of alternatives such as titanium alloys or advanced composites.’
    • ‘His character, a composite of three French commanders in Algeria, had fought in the resistance and in Vietnam.’
    • ‘It reminds me of those weird dreams you have - where you are talking to someone that sort of looks like someone you know - but is actually a composite of several people you know.’
    • ‘I was under the impression that that was a fictional composite of St. Grottlesex schools, but I haven't seen the movie in years.’
    • ‘However I submit that it is, fundamentally, a composite of moral, intellectual, and administrative capabilities, combined with seriousness of purpose.’
    • ‘Each of the following examples is a composite of elements I have encountered in real-life situations.’
    • ‘And so we thought, and I asked the staff to put together a composite.’
    • ‘They were a composite of different needs and motivations.’
    • ‘Clearly, it was a composite of reasons that convinced him, as it did the president and, indeed, many others across the world.’
    • ‘And then, to release a composite of his face, that's not totally accurate.’
    • ‘The six behavioral risk factors were summed to form an unweighted risk composite that ranged from 0 to 6.’
    • ‘What is significant is that organizational training simulations go beyond stand-alone simulators to encompass a composite of the various systems found in the organization.’
    • ‘The true metals are actually elements, whereas the false metals are alloys - composites of elements.’
    • ‘Basically, he's a composite of much of what I grew up with.’
    • ‘One program reminder, this Sunday night we'll present a composite of interviews that we've done with Brando on this show.’
    • ‘If you're a good writer, all the characters should be composites and have the elements of different people.’
    • ‘In addition to being ancient, the endorsement is actually a composite of three different and very old New York Times pieces.’
    • ‘A composite of that individual, sources say, has already been done.’
    • ‘We've created the ultimate - a fantasy composite of our favorite terminal amenities from around the world.’
    • ‘Even more than the private corporation, it is a composite of huge numbers of individuals who bring to this sprawling nation their own distinctive pasts.’
    amalgamation, amalgam, combination, compound, fusion, synthesis, mixture, blend, meld, admixture, conglomeration
    alloy
    pastiche, patchwork, hybrid
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    1. 1.1A composite constructional material.
      ‘the next decade may well see the introduction of more designer polymers and composites’
      [mass noun] ‘various combinations of metal, fabric, and composite’
      • ‘Yet there were medical devices of all kinds, made of a variety of metals, plastics, fabrics, composites, and other materials.’
      • ‘Magnesium is growing in popularity, as are carbon fiber reinforced polymer matrix composites.’
      • ‘In 1979, Ford showed off an LTD sedan made almost entirely from carbon fiber composites.’
      • ‘The talent is still there but the balls are now made of plastic composite instead of leather.’
      • ‘The decks and cabin house are a fiberglass composite with a balsa wood core.’
      • ‘New adapted material systems like natural fiber composites, hybrid structures of metals, polymers and ceramics increasingly gain meaning in future.’
      • ‘Auxetic materials include metals, ceramic or polymer materials or composites.’
      • ‘The latter are normally made up of a number of layers of composites and reinforcing materials such as steel braids.’
      • ‘To do so, the car's body migrates from metal to a manufacturable advanced composite.’
      • ‘Boeing will extensively use composites throughout the 7E7, reducing weight and cost.’
      • ‘Highly advanced composites and alloys have enhanced its structural rigidity and kept its overall weight to a minimum.’
      • ‘West Virginia University's Constructed Facilities Center is experimenting with fiber-reinforced polymer composites to make bridges and buildings.’
      • ‘The two-seat body structure is crafted from sophisticated materials such as lightweight alloys, magnesium and advanced composites.’
      • ‘The hulls are constructed of a fiberglass composite with a core throughout.’
      • ‘They are made of a recyclable plastic composite.’
      • ‘Advanced polymer composites, reinforced with carbon fiber and Kevlar, are much lighter - and much stronger and stiffer - than steel.’
      • ‘Bubbles of negative stiffness material embedded in a more ordinary material may lead to composites with very high stiffness - perhaps good enough to improve airplane wings.’
      • ‘Today, I see all kinds of opportunity for us to use composites.’
      • ‘Since the composites are man-made materials, they do not have the unexpected variation of granite or marble.’
      • ‘Others, such as asphalt/fiberglass composites, lightweight concrete, and coated-metal tile, are products of the technological revolution.’
    2. 1.2A motion for debate composed of two or more related resolutions.
      • ‘A motion to be debated at the ASTI convention in Cork proposes all members should be balloted on whether to rejoin ICTU, in a composite of motions from seven branches, five in Munster.’
      • ‘Those motions were composites drawn up from separate resolutions submitted by individual unions.’
      • ‘The night before had seen the familiar backroom haggling over resolutions and composites, with the top table determined to tilt the playing field their way.’
  • 2Botany
    A plant of the daisy family (Compositae).

    • ‘The plants sprouting now include grasses, clovers, dandelions, several types of thistle, mustards, and small composites.’
    • ‘The vibrant herbaceous life had retreated underground, but the skeletons of rattlesnake master, asters, goldenrods and other composites remained among the grasses.’
  • 3[mass noun] The Composite order of architecture.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Combine (two or more images) to make a single picture.

    ‘photographic compositing by computer’
    • ‘It is composited of three views captured through ultraviolet, green, and infrared filters to bring out compositional variations across the sunlit hemisphere of Iapetus.’
    • ‘To avoid this give-away I decided that the final images would be digitally composited together in PSP by using its layering feature.’
    • ‘Graphic ‘objects’ can be grouped, styled, transformed or composited and embedded text can be searched or indexed.’
    • ‘I will never forget the room full of film boxes that lined the walls when I first walked into an optical department where film elements are composited together to create a VFX shot.’
    • ‘Often animated images are composited with live-action footage within a shot.’
    • ‘You get to see that stunt filmed and see how it was composited together to make the illusion.’
    • ‘Video compositing software is used by motion picture studios to combine special effects or animation elements into film sequences.’
    • ‘When the lowest details settings are used, terrain textures are composited on the CPU rather than on the GPU, saving the graphics hardware for the rest of the scene, increasing performance.’
    • ‘If the characters and scenery had been composited on film, each new layer would have incurred a loss of picture quality.’
    • ‘So instead of taking Pamella's face, the artists composited a face put together with pieces of magazine clippings from faces of some of their famous celebrities.’
    • ‘Finding it impossible to adequately capture the tree in a single frame, I shot it as a mosaic of several dozen images, to he composited together at some future date.’
    • ‘We composited renderings and animations of the 3D model into live photographs and video of the completed resorts, with technical diagrams, interviews, and stock footage.’
    • ‘While the body and face of the animatronic is captured on camera, a computer graphics mouth, performed simultaneously, can be viewed live on a monitor or even composited live with the camera tap image on set.’
    • ‘In fact, some of the locations were composited from three or four different sources.’
    • ‘The most notable shot is a flyover of a cloverleaf highway intersection that is perfectly composited and executed.’

Origin

Late Middle English (describing a number having more than one digit): via French from Latin compositus, past participle of componere put together.

Pronunciation:

composite

/ˈkɒmpəzɪt/