composite meaning

[ 'kɔmpəzit, -zait ] Pronunciation:   "composite" in a sentence
  • Noun: composite  kum'pózit
    1. A conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
      - complex 
    2. Considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants, characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers
      - composite plant
    Adjective: composite  kum'pózit
    1. Consisting of separate interconnected parts 
    2. Of or relating to or belonging to the plant family Compositae

    Derived forms: composites

    See also: complex, family Compositae

    Type of: flower, whole

    Part of: aster family, Asteraceae, Compositae, family Asteraceae, family Compositae

    Encyclopedia: Composite

  • [Architecture]

    A combination of conventional materials such as gypsum with reinforcement fibers such as carbon or glass so as to provide the material with greater strength.

  • [Business]
    AmE / adjective [only before noun]

    made of different parts or materials:

    These composite materials are stiffer and lighter than most metals.

    the Nasdaq Composite Index

    a composite index of manufacturing activity

  • [Engineering acoustics]
    A re-recording consisting of at least two elements.

  • [Finance]
    A grouping of equities, indexes or other factors combined in a standardized way, providing a useful statistical measure of overall market or sector performance over time. Also known as a "composite index".


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  1. the simplest form of a composite index is an unweighted aggregates index.
  2. the lack of exotic states tells against a picture of resonances as being composite.
  3. the main classes of materials are metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites.
  4. the price is the composite opinion of all the people who buy and sell that stock.
  5. asbestos reinforcement confers excellent flame retardation properties on a composite.

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