Definitions of composition

  1. the spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole; " harmonious composition is essential in a serious work of art"
  2. musical creation
  3. a mixture of ingredients
  4. something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole; " he envied the composition of their faculty"
  5. the way in which someone or something is composed
  6. an essay ( especially one written as an assignment); " he got an A on his composition"
  7. art and technique of printing with movable type
  8. a musical work that has been created; " the composition is written in four movements"
  9. The act or art of composing, or forming a whole or integral, by placing together and uniting different things, parts, or ingredients.
  10. The invention or combination of the parts of any literary work or discourse, or of a work of art; as, the composition of a poem or a piece of music.
  11. The art or practice of so combining the different parts of a work of art as to produce a harmonious whole; also, a work of art considered as such. See 4, below.
  12. The act of writing for practice in a language, as English, Latin, German, etc.
  13. The setting up of type and arranging it for printing.
  14. The state of being put together or composed; conjunction; combination; adjustment.
  15. A mass or body formed by combining two or more substances; as, a chemical composition.
  16. A literary, musical, or artistic production, especially one showing study and care in arrangement; -- often used of an elementary essay or translation done as an educational exercise.
  17. Consistency; accord; congruity.
  18. Mutual agreement to terms or conditions for the settlement of a difference or controversy; also, the terms or conditions of settlement; agreement.
  19. The adjustment of a debt, or avoidance of an obligation, by some form of compensation agreed on between the parties; also, the sum or amount of compensation agreed upon in the adjustment.
  20. The union of different things or principles to make a whole; the act or art of writing a literary or musical work; the work written; a piece written for practice in the use of language; make- up, as of a picture; the setting up of type; an agreement, as to settle a dispute; compromise.
  21. Act of composing; thing composed, as a work in literature, or art; combination; arrangement.
  22. The act of composing, or that which is composed, as a literary, artistic, or musical production; a combination.
  23. Typesetting.
  24. An agreement or settlement; compromise.
  25. The act of composing; the thing composed, such as a piece of literature or art; orderly disposition; mutual agreement to terms or conditions; compensation given in lieu of that stipulated or required; settlement of a debt by an accepted reduction; amount accepted; the forming of compound words; putting words together in sentences; that combination of the several parts in which each is presented in its due proportion; the art of setting types. Composition of forces, the determination of the amount and direction of a force as the resultant of others acting at different angles on a body.
  26. The act of composing; the thing composed; any mass or body formed by combining together two or more substances; combining ideas or thoughts, arranging them in order, and committing them to writing; a book written by an author; any union, combination, or disposition of parts; the payment of a part only of a debt in lieu of the full debt; the sum so paid; synthesis as opposed to analysis.

Usage examples for composition

  1. Yet, if this were the extent of love's influence upon poetry, one would have to class it, in kind if not in degree, with any number of other personal experiences that have thrilled the poet to composition. – The Poet's Poet by Elizabeth Atkins
  2. The composition is specially fine, the attention being concentrated without effort on the central figure of the Child, to which the other two serve as a kind of frame. – Luca Signorelli by Maud Cruttwell
  3. Still, inspiration, if diminished by composition, is not wholly dispelled; and he appeals to the greatest poets of his day whether it is not an error to assert that the finest passages of poetry are produced by labour and study. – Oxford Lectures on Poetry by Andrew Cecil Bradley
  4. There were two groups in particular whose composition was changing, even yet, and changing very rapidly. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  5. Here, then, is the composition and structure of our dam. – The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts by George W. Holley
  6. Doubtless the two that had been sentenced to death had been very much alive at the time of the cryptogram's composition. – Lonesome Town by Ethel and James Dorrance
  7. Fleda was impressed anew with her friend's genius for composition. – The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James
  8. But it behooves us to explain the reasons which have led to the composition of the present work. – Introduction to the Study of History by Charles V. Langlois Charles Seignobos
  9. As with the Universe, so with the composition of a human being. – The Life Everlasting: A Reality of Romance by Marie Corelli
  10. As to the world's censure, I must be content to suffer that- an unhappy composition, however. – Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) History Of A Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  11. My musical composition has the advantage of not being long and is merely an attempt to express our sorrow over Kara's departure, our faith in her good courage and our splendid hope for her return. – The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest by Margaret Vandercook
  12. From the first he got tenderness, from the second drawing, from the third color and composition, from the fourth charm, from the fifth force. – A Text-Book of the History of Painting by John C. Van Dyke
  13. The composition of this letter has very much astonished the Government, which never appointed nor recognised such an agent: it is at least an error of office. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  14. Their date of composition we do not know. – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker