Composite number
Composite Com*pos"ite (?; 277), a. [L. compositus made up of parts, p. p. of componere. See {Compound}, v. t., and cf. {Compost}.] 1. Made up of distinct parts or elements; compounded; as, a composite language. [1913 Webster]

Happiness, like air and water . . . is composite. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) Belonging to the order {Composit[ae]}; bearing involucrate heads of many small florets, as the daisy, thistle, and dandelion. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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