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’
    • ‘The higher values in D. simulans were mainly caused by the high sequence divergence of the ULRs of the composite elements.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mortality was better predicted by the composite physiological index than by pulmonary function tests.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We therefore assessed the relevant methodological aspects individually rather than use a composite score.’
    • ‘They come in two varieties, elementary and composite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A composite definition would include three elements.’
    • ‘The result then is a harmonious blend of their voices to form an impressive, composite whole.’
    • ‘The composite elements are arranged in a bicyclic fashion which is a derivative of a purine ring system.’
    • ‘They tried to abandon elements of composite culture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He inherited from his father a composite culture which included elements of Sufism and Hinduism.’
    • ‘She suggests a space of possibility for mixed folks to embrace composite identities as part of an inter-ethnic, anti-racism struggle.’
    • ‘All items are then summed into a total composite score indicating drug use severity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mochizuki's innovation was to develop a composite art, incorporating elements from all of the schools he had studied.’
    • ‘It's not a composite indicator, just how many empty units there happened to be in October.’
    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’
      • ‘Because they are a composite material, made from wood by-products, they tend to be very stable and hold paint very well.’
      • ‘In order to minimise the weight, approximately 80% of the airframe has been constructed of composite materials.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since the plaster is a composite material using appropriate qualities of cement, sand and aggregate, the final material has a dull color.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thanks to a recently developed building material - composite lumber, designed for decking - you can build rotproof raised beds.’
      • ‘They did note, however, that the composite materials behave differently than wood.’
      • ‘Aeronautics engineers say its performance is due to the plane's enhanced fuel efficiency and super-light construction from composite materials.’
      • ‘Other materials, such as composite resins, also are gaining popularity.’
      • ‘The blind slat's surface is a smooth poly-coating or a solid composite material.’
      • ‘Designed with stealth features and shaped like a kite, Pegasus is constructed largely with composite materials.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The airframe incorporates modern design with wide use of structural bonding and composite materials.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a composite material, fibers have the role of the load-bearing constituent.’
      • ‘It features composite wood decking, fireplaces, a barbecue center, and built-in benches.’
      • ‘Additionally, a new hood constructed of strong, flexible composite material improves the appearance, sound level and durability of both machines.’
      • ‘‘Most companies use generic hardware parts that are made out of metal and composite materials,’ he explains.’
      • ‘TimberTech decking is a high-tech composite material made from recycled wood fiber and polymers.’
    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.
      • ‘Eratosthenes's sieve drains out composite numbers and leaves prime numbers behind.’
      • ‘Positive integers other than primes, known as composite numbers, can be written as the product of smaller primes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These particular numbers have characteristics that make it relatively easy to check whether a candidate is either a prime number or a composite number.’
      • ‘Positive integers greater than 1 that aren't prime are called composite integers.’
  • 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’
    • ‘We've created the ultimate - a fantasy composite of our favorite terminal amenities from around the world.’
    • ‘I was under the impression that that was a fictional composite of St. Grottlesex schools, but I haven't seen the movie in years.’
    • ‘Basically, he's a composite of much of what I grew up with.’
    • ‘Each of the following examples is a composite of elements I have encountered in real-life situations.’
    • ‘In addition to being ancient, the endorsement is actually a composite of three different and very old New York Times pieces.’
    • ‘However I submit that it is, fundamentally, a composite of moral, intellectual, and administrative capabilities, combined with seriousness of purpose.’
    • ‘And then, to release a composite of his face, that's not totally accurate.’
    • ‘And so we thought, and I asked the staff to put together a composite.’
    • ‘A composite of that individual, sources say, has already been done.’
    • ‘If you're a good writer, all the characters should be composites and have the elements of different people.’
    • ‘These alloys also feature projected costs lower than those of alternatives such as titanium alloys or advanced composites.’
    • ‘Clearly, it was a composite of reasons that convinced him, as it did the president and, indeed, many others across the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One program reminder, this Sunday night we'll present a composite of interviews that we've done with Brando on this show.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His character, a composite of three French commanders in Algeria, had fought in the resistance and in Vietnam.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were a composite of different needs and motivations.’
    amalgamation, amalgam, combination, compound, fusion, synthesis, mixture, blend, meld, admixture, conglomeration
    alloy
    pastiche, patchwork, hybrid
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    1. 1.1 A 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.’
      • ‘Others, such as asphalt/fiberglass composites, lightweight concrete, and coated-metal tile, are products of the technological revolution.’
      • ‘Advanced polymer composites, reinforced with carbon fiber and Kevlar, are much lighter - and much stronger and stiffer - than steel.’
      • ‘The decks and cabin house are a fiberglass composite with a balsa wood core.’
      • ‘To do so, the car's body migrates from metal to a manufacturable advanced composite.’
      • ‘The hulls are constructed of a fiberglass composite with a core throughout.’
      • ‘Today, I see all kinds of opportunity for us to use composites.’
      • ‘Magnesium is growing in popularity, as are carbon fiber reinforced polymer matrix composites.’
      • ‘Highly advanced composites and alloys have enhanced its structural rigidity and kept its overall weight to a minimum.’
      • ‘The two-seat body structure is crafted from sophisticated materials such as lightweight alloys, magnesium and advanced composites.’
      • ‘The latter are normally made up of a number of layers of composites and reinforcing materials such as steel braids.’
      • ‘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 talent is still there but the balls are now made of plastic composite instead of leather.’
      • ‘They are made of a recyclable plastic composite.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘West Virginia University's Constructed Facilities Center is experimenting with fiber-reinforced polymer composites to make bridges and buildings.’
      • ‘In 1979, Ford showed off an LTD sedan made almost entirely from carbon fiber composites.’
      • ‘Boeing will extensively use composites throughout the 7E7, reducing weight and cost.’
      • ‘Since the composites are man-made materials, they do not have the unexpected variation of granite or marble.’
    2. 1.2 A motion for debate composed of two or more related resolutions.
      • ‘Those motions were composites drawn up from separate resolutions submitted by individual unions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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]usually as noun compositing
  • Combine (two or more images) to make a single picture:

    ‘photographic compositing by computer’
    • ‘Often animated images are composited with live-action footage within a shot.’
    • ‘Video compositing software is used by motion picture studios to combine special effects or animation elements into film sequences.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is composited of three views captured through ultraviolet, green, and infrared filters to bring out compositional variations across the sunlit hemisphere of Iapetus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, some of the locations were composited from three or four different sources.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You get to see that stunt filmed and see how it was composited together to make the illusion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Graphic ‘objects’ can be grouped, styled, transformed or composited and embedded text can be searched or indexed.’
    • ‘To avoid this give-away I decided that the final images would be digitally composited together in PSP by using its layering feature.’
    • ‘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/