composite

Definitions

  • Composite Animals 1
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj composite consisting of separate interconnected parts
    • adj composite of or relating to or belonging to the plant family Compositae
    • n composite a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts "the complex of shopping malls, houses, and roads created a new town"
    • n composite considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants, characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: French composer Erik Satie holds the record for shortest and longest composition in the world. His piano piece Vexations lasts for just under a minute. However, Satie states in the score that it should be played 840 times in succession a nonstop playing time of 14 hours.
    • Composite (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.
    • Composite (Bot) Belonging to the order Compositæ; bearing involucrate heads of many small florets, as the daisy, thistle, and dandelion.
    • Composite Made up of distinct parts or elements; compounded; as, a composite language. "Happiness, like air and water . . . is composite ."
    • n Composite That which is made up of parts or compounded of several elements; composition; combination; compound.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The peace symbol was created in 1958 as a nuclear disarmament symbol by the Direct Action Committee, and was first shown that year at peace marches in England. The symbol is a composite of the semaphore signals N and D, representing nuclear disarmament.
    • composite Made up of distinct parts or elements; compounded; especially, so combined as to manifest diversity of origin or make-up.
    • composite Specifically Made of parts so combined as to lose their distinctive characters.
    • composite [capitalized] In architecture, an epithet applied to the last of the five orders, because the capital which characterizes it is composed from those of other orders, borrowing a quarter-round from the Tuscan or Roman Doric, a rank of leaves from the Corinthian, and volutes from the Ionic. Its cornice has simple modillions or dentils. It is also called the Roman or the Italic order.
    • composite In ship-building, having a wooden skin on an iron framework: as, a composite vessel; a vessel built on the composite principle.
    • composite In botany, belonging to the order Compositœ; having the characters of this order: as, a composite plant; a composite flower. See Compositæ.
    • composite In zoology, marked (as a genus, order, etc.) by wide range of variation in the species or other subdivisions which constitute it: often applied to artificial groups composed of widely separated elements.
    • n composite Something made up of parts or different elements; a compound; a composition.
    • n composite Specifically, a composite photograph.
    • n composite In botany, one of the Compositæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The substance that human blood resembles most closely in terms of chemical composition is sea water.
    • adj Composite made up of two or more distinct parts: :
    • adj Composite (archit.) a blending of the Ionic and the Corinthian orders
    • adj Composite (bot.) belonging to the natural order Compositæ, having compound or composite flowers—heads of flowers composed of a number of florets on a common receptacle, surrounded by bracts forming a leafy involucre, like single flowers
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Quotations

  • Stephen R. Covey
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    “Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconcious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character”
  • James Madison
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    “The proposed Constitution is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal constitution; but a composition of both.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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    “At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Read your own compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.”
  • Barrett Wendell
    Barrett Wendell
    “Words and sentences are subject to revision; paragraphs and whole compositions are subjects of prevision.”
  • Arthur Murphy
    Arthur Murphy
    “Cheerfulness, sir, is the principle ingredient in the composition of health.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. compositus, made up of parts, p. p. of componere,. See Compound (v. t.), and cf. Compost
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. composer, from L. cum, and pausāre, to cease, to rest.

Usage

In literature:

The term "English composition" is now generally understood to mean written composition, and not oral composition.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The composition and exact distribution of the troops actually in southern Natal on the 23rd November is given in Appendix 8.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
From his music he returned with fresh vigor to his books or his composition.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 121, November, 1867" by Various
What languages, besides the Celtic and Latin, enter into the composition of the French?
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
It is composite opinion, representing a general tendency of the public as a whole.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
He writes short compositions, scribbled down in all haste, in bad chirography.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
The following is a composition for preserving leather, the good effects of which are sufficiently ascertained.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
We have two well-marked drawings before us, in which we recognise the capabilities of the art for producing pictures of composition.
"Leading Articles on Various Subjects" by Hugh Miller
The composition includes twenty-two figures.
"Six Centuries of Painting" by Randall Davies
They do not believe in teaching English composition.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
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In poetry:

In evening company he sets his face
In most spirituel positions,
And declaims before the ladies
My god-like compositions.
"Translations And Adaptations From Heine" by Ezra Pound
It's all decreed — the mighty earthquake crash,
The countless constellations' wheel and flash;
The rise and fall of empires, war's red tide;
The composition of your dinner hash.
"Quatrains" by Robert W Service
We know not its composition,
Nor can we expound all its laws,
We grant the effect is pleasant
Tho' we cannot explain the cause;
We therefore accept the blessing
And bid curiosity pause.
"Rest" by Jared Barhite
Great Sultan, how wise are thy state compositions!
And oh, above all, I admire that Decree,
In which thou command'st, that all she politicians
Shall forthwith be strangled and cast in the sea.
"Ode to the Sublime Porte" by Thomas Moore
But thou art fire, sacred and hallow'd fire;
And I but earth and clay: should I presume
To wear thy habit, the severe attire
My slender compositions might consume. I am both foul and brittle, much unfit To deal in holy writ.
"The Priesthood" by George Herbert
TANS. For many reasons, but at present let this one suffice thee: that
as love converts the thing loved into the lover, so amongst the elements
fire is active and potent to convert all the others, simple and
composite, into itself.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The First =First Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno

In news:

Nearly four decades after the last pupil at what was then St Ann's School closed a composition notebook, the three-story building in East Baltimore is being readied to accept a new school.
Stylish compositions and artful performances drive this perverse family soap opera.
The course is designed for users of hydraulic equipment, and topics include friction, lubrication, wear, lubricant maintenance and oil analysis, hydraulic fluid composition and function, and hydraulic applications.
In particular, the course will discuss the composition of industrial hydraulic fluids and the property and performance comparison of hydraulic fluids based on different base stocks.
Defects in aircraft composite materials instantly located with portable technology.
Come and find out as the Improvisation /Percussion Ensemble performs spontaneous compositions, featured student works, musical games, conducted improvisations , and realizations of graphic scores.
All are made from 30-ton graphite composite with Fuji stainless-steel guides.
Travis Fox / washingtonpost.com Panoramic Composite.
Shanghai SE Composite Index .
Taken together, the recent behavior of the composite indexes for Germany suggests that although modest growth in real GDP may continue in the fourth quarter, the economy is more likely to weaken rather than strengthen in the near term.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory MkIV interferometer is a high resolution Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) spectrometer, designed to remotely sense the atmospheric composition.
Two studies published on Tuesday on dietary composition offer a striking contrast.
Davidson Day School's new Upper School Musical Director Noel Freidline plays a composition on one of the school's pianos.
The image, a composite of two pictures, has officials at the White House and some in journalism circles questioning the newspaper's ethics.
The heart of the Kali Prana helmet is the Composite Fusion Plus technology.
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In science:

However, it is not hard to define the composition of an extension and an algebra homomorphism as a specific extension, and sometimes useful, so we will give the definition of that composition in that form.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
Each sequence (n1 , n2 , .., nm ) of positive integers is a composition of the integer n in m parts and the number of such compositions is C (n, m) C (n, m) = (cid:18) n − 1 m − 1 (cid:19) It follows that the number of random paths of n steps and m inversions is 2 C (n, m + 1).
Enumeration of simple random walks and tridiagonal matrices
The Z function is calculated via Composite Zfuncs::Z Z() and the propagator via Composite Zfuncs::Z P().
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
They also studied several parameters (like the number of parts, the size of the largest part among other things) for random Carlitz compositions. “Random Carlitz composition” means a composition chosen according to the uniform probability measure on Ωn .
Average number of distinct part sizes in a random Carlitz composition
We collect these conditions in the following proposition whose proof consists of applying the definition of vertical composition and horizontal composition.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
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