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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

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

True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories.
Florence King

When I design buildings, I think of the overall composition, much as the parts of a body would fit together. On top of that, I think about how people will approach the building and experience that space.
Tadao Ando

A journalist is supposed to present an unbiased portrait of an event, a view devoid of intimate emotions. This is impossible, of course. The framing of an image, by its very composition, represents a choice. The photographer chooses what to show and what to exclude.
Alexandra Kerry

It's not about composition. It's the way you feel about how your objects should relate to each other. I've got lots of African statues and things, and the cleaner arranges them like soldiers, which drives me mad. So I have to rearrange them, and I must drive her mad, because I'm doing anarchy and she's doing military manoeuvres.
David Bailey
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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