- 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
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- [uncountable] the elements of which something is composed;
- a material formed from two or more substances[countable]various compositions of different toxic chemicals.
- Literature the act or process of producing a piece of writing[uncountable]the art of composition.
- Education something composed, such as a short essay or a piece of music[countable]Write a composition on how you spent your summer vacation.
- Fine Art the organization of the different parts of a work of art so as to achieve a whole[uncountable]The painting's composition is excellent but the color scheme is odd.
- the act of combining parts or elements to form a whole.
- the resulting state or product.
- manner of being composed; structure:This painting has an orderly composition.
- makeup; constitution:His moral composition was impeccable.
- an aggregate material formed from two or more substances:a composition of silver and tin.
- Educationa short essay written as a school exercise.
- Literaturethe act or process of producing a literary work.
- Educationan academic course for teaching the techniques of clear, expository writing.
- the art of putting words and sentences together in accordance with the rules of grammar and rhetoric.
- Music and Dancea piece of music.
- Music and Dancethe art of composing music.
- Fine Art[Fine Arts.]the organization or grouping of the different parts of a work of art so as to achieve a unified whole.
- Grammar[Gram.]the formation of compounds or derivatives:the composition of "aircraft'' from "air'' and "craft.''
- a settlement by mutual agreement.
- an agreement or compromise, esp. one by which a creditor or group of creditors accepts partial payment from a debtor.
- a sum of money so paid.
- the setting up of type for printing.
- Also called pagination. the makeup of pages for printing.
- Latin compositiōn- (stem of compositiō), equivalent. to composit(us) (see composite) + -iōn- -ion
- Middle English composicioun 1350–1400