WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
com•po•si•tion /ˌkɑmpəˈzɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. [uncountable] the elements of which something is composed;
  2. [countable] a material formed from two or more substances:various compositions of different toxic chemicals.
  3. Literature[uncountable] the act or process of producing a piece of writing:the art of composition.
  4. Education[countable] something composed, such as a short essay or a piece of music:Write a composition on how you spent your summer vacation.
  5. Fine Art[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-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

composition /ˌkɒmpəˈzɪʃən/ n
  1. the act of putting together or making up by combining parts or ingredients
  2. something formed in this manner or the resulting state or quality; a mixture
  3. the parts of which something is composed or made up; constitution
  4. a work of music, art, or literature
  5. the harmonious arrangement of the parts of a work of art in relation to each other and to the whole
  6. a piece of writing undertaken as an academic exercise in grammatically acceptable writing; an essay
  7. the act or technique of setting up type
  8. a settlement by mutual consent, esp a legal agreement whereby the creditors agree to accept partial payment of a debt in full settlement
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Latin compositus; see composite, -ion

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