Meaning of COMPOSITE in English


I. com ‧ po ‧ site 1 /ˈkɒmpəzət, ˈkɒmpəzɪt $ kɑːmˈpɑː-/ BrE AmE adjective [only before noun]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: compositus , past participle of componere ; ⇨ ↑ compound 2 ]

1 . made up of different parts or materials:

The author builds up a useful composite picture of contemporary consumer culture.

composite metals

2 . American English a composite drawing or photograph consists of pictures of each separate part of the face put together into one drawing, and is used especially to help catch criminals:

a composite sketch

II. composite 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

1 . something made up of different parts or materials

composite of

The child’s character was a composite of two girls I knew.

2 . American English a picture of a possible criminal, made by police from descriptions given by ↑ witness es SYN identikit British English

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