- The definition of composition is the act of putting something together, or the combination of elements or qualities.
- 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 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
- 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.