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Definition of Composition

Composition

  1. The act or art of composing, or forming a whole or integral, by placing together and uniting different things, parts, or ingredients.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The act of writing for practice in a language, as English, Latin, German, etc.
  5. The setting up of type and arranging it for printing.
  6. The state of being put together or composed; conjunction; combination; adjustment.
  7. A mass or body formed by combining two or more substances; as, a chemical composition.
  8. 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.
  9. Consistency; accord; congruity.
  10. Mutual agreement to terms or conditions for the settlement of a difference or controversy; also, the terms or conditions of settlement; agreement.
  11. 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.
  12. Synthesis as opposed to analysis.

Composition Quotations

Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.
Henry David Thoreau

I have found that, in the composition of the human body as compared with the bodies of animals, the organs of sense are duller and coarser. Thus, it is composed of less ingenious instruments, and of spaces less capacious for receiving the faculties of sense.
Leonardo da Vinci

Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous.
Vincent Van Gogh

Viewed freely, the English language is the accretion and growth of every dialect, race, and range of time, and is both the free and compacted composition of all.
Walt Whitman

The chief ingredients in the composition of those qualities that gain esteem and praise, are good nature, truth, good sense, and good breeding.
Joseph Addison
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Composition Translations

composition in Dutch is toondicht, toonzetting, compositie
composition in French is gradin, composition
composition in German is Abfassung {f}, Zusammensetzung {f}
composition in Italian is trattato
composition in Latin is compositio
composition in Swedish is tema, uppsats, komposition

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