Definition of Composition

1. Noun. 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"

Exact synonyms: Composing
Generic synonyms: Arrangement, Placement

2. Noun. The way in which someone or something is composed.
Exact synonyms: Constitution, Make-up, Makeup, Physical Composition
Generic synonyms: Property
Specialized synonyms: Structure, Phenotype, Genetic Constitution, Genotype, Grain, Texture, Karyotype
Derivative terms: Constitute, Make Up, Make Up

3. Noun. A mixture of ingredients.
Generic synonyms: Mixture
Specialized synonyms: Paste, Ambrosia, Beebread, Compost, Soup

4. Noun. A musical work that has been created. "The composition is written in four movements"

5. Noun. Musical creation.
Exact synonyms: Composing
Generic synonyms: Creating By Mental Acts
Specialized synonyms: Arrangement, Arranging, Transcription, Realisation, Realization, Recapitulation
Derivative terms: Compose, Compose

6. Noun. The act of creating written works. "It was a matter of disputed authorship"

7. Noun. Art and technique of printing with movable type.
Exact synonyms: Typography
Generic synonyms: Printing, Printing Process
Derivative terms: Typographer, Typographic, Typographical

8. Noun. An essay (especially one written as an assignment). "He got an A on his composition"
Exact synonyms: Paper, Report, Theme
Generic synonyms: Essay
Specialized synonyms: Term Paper

9. Noun. Something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole. "He envied the composition of their faculty"
Generic synonyms: Creation
Specialized synonyms: Paste-up

Definition of Composition

1. n. The act or art of composing, or forming a whole or integral, by placing together and uniting different things, parts, or ingredients.

Definition of Composition

1. Noun. The proportion of different parts to make a whole. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

2. Noun. The general makeup of something. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) An agreement or treaty used to settle differences; later especially, an agreement to stop hostilities; a truce. (defdate 14th-19th c.) ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) An agreement to pay money in order to clear a liability or obligation; a settling. (defdate 16th-19th c.) ¹

5. Noun. (legal) an agreement or compromise by which a creditor or group of creditors accepts partial payment from a debtor. ¹

6. Noun. A mixture or compound; the result of composing. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

7. Noun. An essay. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

8. Noun. (linguistics) The formation of compound words from separate words. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

9. Noun. A work of music, literature or art. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

10. Noun. (printing) typesetting. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

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Definition of Composition

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Medical Definition of Composition

1. In chemistry, the kinds and numbers of atoms constituting a molecule. Origin: L. Compono, to arrange (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Composition

composite plant
composite resin
composite resins
composite reuse principle
composite school
composite transposon
composite type
composite video
composite video, blanking, and sync
composition (current term)
composition board
composition book
composition over inheritance
compositional grammar

Literary usage of Composition

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx (1906)
"The most important factor in this inquiry, is the composition of capital and the ... The composition of capital is to be understood in a twofold sense. ..."

2. Diet in Health and Disease by Julius Friedenwald, John Ruhräh (1907)
"In order to determine how far the chemical composition of the child's body is ... The figures relating to the chemical composition of sick children who have ..."

3. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1911)
"Complete facilities for composition, electrotyping, presswork and binding. WB Conkey Company. Book Manufacturers for Publishers and Authors; composition; ..."

4. Bulletin by Virginia Geological Survey, Virginia Division of Geology (1913)
"In both minerals, rutile and ilmenite, tantalum and columbium were carefully looked for but were not detected. composition of the ilmenite. ..."

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