Meaning of “composite number” in the English Dictionary

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"composite number" in British English

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composite numbernoun [ C ]

/ˌkɒm.pə.zɪt ˈnʌm.bər/ /ˌkɑːm.pə.zɪt ˈnʌm.bɚ/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • If a prime of the second form gets into your composite number, then that number cannot be the sum of two squares. 
  • In order that a number may be expressed as the sum of two squares in several different ways, it is necessary that it shall be a composite number containing a certain number of primes of our first form. 
  • Make a magic square with nine consecutive composite numbers—the smallest possible. 

(Definition of “composite number” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"composite number" in American English

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composite numbernoun [ C ]

/kɑmˈpɑz·ɪt ˈnʌm·bər, kəm-/

mathematics a positive number (= larger than zero) that can be divided by positive numbers other than 1 and itself

(Definition of “composite number” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)