Definitions of composite

  1. a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
  2. ( botany) of or relating to or belonging to the plant family Compositae
  3. considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants, characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers
  4. a modified Corinthian style of architecture ( a combination of Corinthian and Ionic)
  5. used of color
  6. consisting of separate interconnected parts
  7. a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts; " the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town"
  8. of or relating to or belonging to the plant family Compositae
  9. Made up of distinct parts or elements; compounded; as, a composite language.
  10. 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.
  11. Belonging to the order Compositae; bearing involucrate heads of many small florets, as the daisy, thistle, and dandelion.
  12. That which is made up of parts or compounded of several elements; composition; combination; compound.
  13. Made up of distinct parts; as, a composite photograph; compound.
  14. A combination; a compound.
  15. Compositely.
  16. Composed of two or more distinct parts: ( arch.) a blending of the Ionic and the Corinthian orders.
  17. Made up of distinct parts.
  18. Made up of distinct parts; combined or compounded.
  19. Made up of distinct parts or elements. The composite order, the last of the live orders, so called because its capital is composed of the Ionic order grafted upon the Corinthian; belonging to the natural order composite. Composite number, one which can be measured exactly by a number exceeding unity, as 6 by 2 or 3. Composite carriage, a railway carriage with compartments of different classes.
  20. Made up of parts; compound; in bot., having the structure of the compositae.
  21. In bot., the largest natural order of plants, having their flowers arranged in dense heads, as in the daisy, the dandelion, the asters, & c.
  22. Having the characteristics peculiar to the Compositae.

Usage examples for composite

  1. Had they seen him in the melting mood they would have learnt that Charles Bradlaugh was a more composite personality than they imagined. – Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh by George W. Foote
  2. He is followed by a sturdy fellow in a composite dress, which presents him under the double aspect of a groom and a gardener. – The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins
  3. The composite body odor it had known for so many years had changed, and ceased abruptly. – Bring Me His Ears by Clarence E. Mulford
  4. But in the case of schools, or the large composite families of prosperous Hindus, a large quantity of flour is needed daily. – India and the Indians by Edward F. Elwin
  5. He has with astonishing labour and felicity built a composite style out of the style of every good writer of English. – My Contemporaries In Fiction by David Christie Murray
  6. Listen to this; it is a composite of the best I've been able to get. – The Million-Dollar Suitcase by Alice MacGowan Perry Newberry
  7. It's an infernally tripping motto for a composite structure like the kingdom of Great Britain and Manchester, boy Nevil. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. His devotion to women in the composite was consistent and sincere; the fondness which existed between himself and his brother's family was such that his departure had left a distinct void, and his visits home were events circled with red ink in the family calendar. –  by
  9. It was the blossom of a richly composite culture. – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
  10. A drove of wild cattle is, I think, a finer sight than a regiment of cavalry in motion, for the cavalry is composite, half man and half horse, whereas the cattle have the advantage of unity. – Don Orsino by F. Marion Crawford
  11. The sun's light is really extremely composite; Nature herself tells us this if we will but give her the slightest attention. – The Story of the Heavens by Robert Stawell Ball
  12. Something to talk about, without anybody coming to harm through it- that was about our composite idea. – The U-boat hunters by James B. Connolly
  13. His composite forces, in which five languages were spoken, were unfit for a long contest with Napoleon's army. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  14. We come now to an affair initiated, it is true, by the owner of the natoas bundle, but yet a composite of other rituals and functions, each of which has a definite place in a program carried out by the whole tribal organization. – The Sun Dance of the Blackfoot Indians by Clark Wissler
  15. It is a strange, composite fane! – The Story of Seville by Walter M. Gallichan
  16. The composite capitals of the arches are Byzantine and Corinthian. – Cathedral Cities of Italy by William Wiehe Collins
  17. I am rather surprised, said he, that you chose so composite an object as a mummy to begin on. – The Vanishing Man by R. Austin Freeman
  18. I am fully aware that the words are used by the best writers indifferently, but such must be the case in very many words in a composite language, such as the English, before they are desynonymized. – Literary Remains, Vol. 2 by Coleridge
  19. The word familia did not originally signify the composite ideal of sentimentality and domestic strife in the present day philistine mind. – The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State by Frederick Engels
  20. Some great composite thought which inspires the general dread of stratosphere denizens?" – Lords of the Stratosphere by Arthur J. Burks