An image or page that is printed in color, rather than being printed as SEPARATIONS. Generally speaking, a page is printed as a composite only for proofreading, or when the page is going to a color printer. When a page is printed to an IMAGESETTER, it is sent as separations.
When ouputting a weather page, a composite has all the colors printed on one document. Examples: a color printout of a weather page from the color printer, the printouts that are mailed to clients. (see separations)