- An example of a composition is a flower arrangement.
- An example of a composition is a manuscript.
- An example of a composition is how the flowers and vase are arranged in Van Gogh's painting Sunflowers.
The definition of composition is the act of putting something together, or the combination of elements or qualities.
- the act of composing, or putting together a whole by combining parts; specif.,
- the putting together of words, esp. in a correct and effective way; art of writing
- the creation of musical works
- the makeup of a thing or person; aggregate of ingredients or qualities and manner of their combination; constitution
- that which is composed; specif.,
- a mixture of several parts or ingredients
- a musical work: Mozart's compositions for string quartet
- an exercise in writing done as schoolwork
- a painting, sculpture, etc. with respect to the aesthetic arrangement of its elements or features
- an arrangement of the parts of a work of art so as to form a unified, harmonious whole
- an agreement, or settlement, often by compromise, as by the creditors of a potential bankrupt
- the state or quality of being composite
- Linguis. the device or process of forming compounds from two or more base morphemes
- Printing the work or skill of setting matter for printing
Origin of compositionMiddle English composicioun from Classical Latin compositio, a putting together from compositus: see composite
- a. The combining of distinct parts or elements to form a whole.b. The manner in which such parts are combined or related.c. General makeup: the changing composition of the electorate.d. The result or product of composing; a mixture or compound.
- Arrangement of artistic parts so as to form a unified whole.
- a. The art or act of composing a musical or literary work.b. A work of music, literature, or art, or its structure or organization.
- A short essay, especially one written as an academic exercise.
- Law A settlement whereby the creditors of a debtor about to enter bankruptcy agree, in return for some financial consideration, usually proffered immediately, to the discharge of their respective claims on receipt of payment which is in a lesser amount than that actually owed on the claim.
- Linguistics The formation of compounds from separate words.
- Printing Typesetting.
Origin of compositionMiddle English composicioun from Old French composition from Latin compositiō compositiōn- from compositus past participle of compōnere to put together ; see component .
- The proportion of different parts to make a whole. [from 14th c.]
- The general makeup of something. [from 14th c.]
- 1630, John Smith, True travels, in Kupperman 1988, p. 50:
- with an incredible courage they advanced to the push of the Pike with the defendants, that with the like courage repulsed [...], that the Turks retired and fled into the Castle, from whence by a flag of truce they desired composition.
- (law) an agreement or compromise by which a creditor or group of creditors accepts partial payment from a debtor.
- A mixture or compound; the result of composing. [from 16th c.]
- An essay. [from 16th c.]
- (linguistics) The formation of compound words from separate words. [from 16th c.]
- A work of music, literature or art. [from 17th c.]
- (printing) typesetting. [from 19th c.]
- (mathematics) Applying a function to the result of another.
From Old French composicion, from Latin compositiō.