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Definition of 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

No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition.
Claude Monet

At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I consider nature a vast chemical laboratory in which all kinds of composition and decompositions are formed.
Antoine Lavoisier

Consulting the rules of composition before taking a photograph, is like consulting the laws of gravity before going for a walk.
Edward Weston

Far more thought and care go into the composition of any prominent ad in a newspaper or magazine than go into the writing of their features and editorials.
Marshall McLuhan
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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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