- calm; tranquil; serene: His composed face reassured the nervous passengers.
Origin of composed
- to make or form by combining things, parts, or elements: He composed his speech from many research notes.
- to be or constitute a part or element of: a rich sauce composed of many ingredients.
- to make up or form the basis of: Style composes the essence of good writing.
- to put or dispose in proper form or order: to compose laws into a coherent system.
- Art. to organize the parts or elements of (a picture or the like).
- to create (a musical, literary, or choreographic work).
- to end or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.): The union and management composed their differences.
- to bring (oneself, one's mind, etc.) to a condition of calmness, repose, etc.; calm; quiet.
- to set (type).
- to set type for (an article, book, etc.).
- to engage in composition, especially musical composition.
- to enter into composition; fall into an arrangement: a scene that composes well.
Origin of compose
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Examples from the Web for composed
Completed in 1953 and composed with standard line breaks and punctuation, the book was completely ignored upon submission.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago
January 5, 2015
It might seem obvious to say that novels are “fictitious,” but certain ones are composed almost entirely of facts.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
The new book is composed of four one-scene stories of about 50 pages each that are set in the two weeks before Christmas.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
Other U.S. officials tell The Daily Beast that the group is composed of senior al Qaeda planners focused on attacking the West.Exclusive: U.S. Special Ops Readied Syria Attack in June
October 2, 2014
Indeed, the committee is composed of pastors who are subordinate to Driscoll and were not elected by their fellow pastors.Another Mega Church Implodes
September 14, 2014
The Mann Ranges are very high and rough, and are composed of reddish granite.
The banks of the brook at this spot are composed of purple-brown slate (Silurian).
It is composed of a brave, a free, a virtuous, and an intelligent people.
It was composed of the grim psychological laws that govern the abnormal.Viviette
William J. Locke
"If he's an owner he'll probably be in the paddock," replied the composed one.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- (of people) calm; tranquil; serene
- to put together or make up by combining; put in proper order
- to be the component elements of
- to produce or create (a musical or literary work)
- (intr) to write music
- to calm (someone, esp oneself); make quiet
- to adjust or settle (a quarrel, etc)
- to order the elements of (a painting, sculpture, etc); design
- printing to set up (type)
Word Origin and History for composed
"calm, tranquil," c.1600, past participle adjective frome compose (v.). Related: Composedly; composedness.
c.1400, compousen, from Old French composer "put together, arrange, write" a work (12c.), from com- "with" (see com-) + poser "to place," from Late Latin pausare "to cease, lay down," ultimately from Latin ponere "to put, place" (see position (n.)). Meaning influenced in Old French by componere (see composite). Musical sense is from 1590s. Related: Composed; composing.