Composition definition

kŏmpə-zĭshən
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Arrangement of artistic parts so as to form a unified whole.
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A short essay, especially one written as an academic exercise.
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(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.
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The makeup of a thing or person; aggregate of ingredients or qualities and manner of their combination; constitution.
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That which is composed.
  • 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.
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An agreement, or settlement, often by compromise, as by the creditors of a potential bankrupt.
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The state or quality of being composite.
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The act of composing, or putting together a whole by combining parts.
  • The putting together of words, esp. in a correct and effective way; art of writing.
  • The creation of musical works.
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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.

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A work of music, literature, or art, or its structure or organization.
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An essay. [from 16th c.]
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The result or product of composing; a mixture or compound.
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The manner in which such parts are combined or related.
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(printing) The work or skill of setting matter for printing.
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(linguis.) The device or process of forming compounds from two or more base morphemes.
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General makeup.

The changing composition of the electorate.

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(linguistics) The formation of compounds from separate words.
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The art or act of composing a musical or literary work.
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The proportion of different parts to make a whole. [from 14th c.]
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The general makeup of something. [from 14th c.]
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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.

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(law) An agreement or compromise by which a creditor or group of creditors accepts partial payment from a debtor.
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(linguistics) The formation of compound words from separate words. [from 16th c.]
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A work of music, literature or art. [from 17th c.]
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(printing) Typesetting.
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The combining of distinct parts or elements to form a whole.
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A mixture or compound; the result of composing. [from 16th c.]
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(printing) Typesetting. [from 19th c.]
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(mathematics) Applying a function to the result of another.
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An arrangement of the parts of a work of art so as to form a unified, harmonious whole.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
composition
Plural:
compositions

Origin of composition

  • Middle English composicioun from Old French composition from Latin compositiō compositiōn- from compositus past participle of compōnere to put together component

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French composicion, from Latin compositiō.

    From Wiktionary