The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Composite \Com*pos"ite\ (?; 277), a. [L. compositus made up of
parts, p. p. of componere. See Compound, v. t., and cf.
1. Made up of distinct parts or elements; compounded; as, a
Happiness, like air and water . . . is composite.
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.
3. (Bot.) Belonging to the order Composit[ae]; bearing
involucrate heads of many small florets, as the daisy,
thistle, and dandelion.
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.
Composite sailing (Naut.), a combination of parallel and
great circle sailing.
Composite ship, one with a wooden casing and iron frame.