verb (used with object), com·posed, com·pos·ing.
- to set (type).
- to set type for (an article, book, etc.).
verb (used without object), com·posed, com·pos·ing.
- composing room,
- composing stick
Origin of compose
Examples from the Web for compose
He then enlisted the help of New York City musician Carlo Nicolau to compose the music.The Government Is Using Subliminal Songs To Scare Immigrants|Caitlin Dickson|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“One can no more write good English than one can compose good music by merely keeping to the rules,” he wrote.
But Google grumble grumble makes me compose new messages in a tiny window, you say.Gmail Priority Inbox Freakout: Calm Down, Guys, Opting Out Is Easy|Winston Ross|July 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After defense explained that it did not consider the document intelligence, Lind compose herself and let defense proceed.Is Judge Denise Lind Bradley Manning’s Biggest Enemy?|Alexa O'Brien|July 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The charge was to compose a story on it—a story that would justifiably appear on a napkin.
The real objects of the League are as well known to the working classes as the characters of the men who compose it.
The servant tried to take him upstairs to lie down and compose himself.Armadale|Wilkie Collins
At six he was able to compose without the aid of an instrument, and continued to advance rapidly in musical memory and knowledge.Memory|William Walker Atkinson
When I compose a sermon, I imagine myself consulted upon some difficult piece of business.Clergymen and Doctors|Anonymous
I would advise your trying to compose yourself at once; the others will be here soon, and will probably talk and make a row.Ralph Wilton's weird|Mrs. Alexander
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for compose
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.