Definition of composite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmpəzɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpɑːzət//
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  1. 1something made by putting together different parts or materials The document was a composite of information from various sources.
  2. 2a mixture of different materials used for building, making objects, etc. The balls are now made of plastic composite instead of leather.
  3. 3(also composite sketch) (both US English) (British English Identikit™) a set of drawings of different features that can be put together to form the face of a person, especially somebody wanted by the police, using descriptions given by people who saw the person; a picture made in this way See related entries: Solving crime
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (describing a number having more than one digit): via French from Latin compositus, past participle of componere ‘put together’.
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