- the act of putting together or making up by combining parts or ingredients
- something formed in this manner or the resulting state or quality; a mixture
- the parts of which something is composed or made up; constitution
- a work of music, art, or literature
- the harmonious arrangement of the parts of a work of art in relation to each other and to the whole
- a piece of writing undertaken as an academic exercise in grammatically acceptable writing; an essay
- the act or technique of setting up type
- a settlement by mutual consent, esp a legal agreement whereby the creditors agree to accept partial payment of a debt in full settlement
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
- [uncountable] the elements of which something is composed;
- [countable] a material formed from two or more substances:various compositions of different toxic chemicals.
- [uncountable] the act or process of producing a piece of writing:the art of composition.
- [countable] something composed, such as a short essay or a piece of music:Write a composition on how you spent your summer vacation.
- [uncountable] the organization of the different parts of a work of art so as to achieve a whole:The painting's composition is excellent but the color scheme is odd. See -pos-.