composition

[ kom-puh-zish-uh n ]
/ ˌkɒm pəˈzɪʃ ən /

noun


Nearby words

  1. composite photograph,
  2. composite print,
  3. composite school,
  4. composite shot,
  5. composite volcano,
  6. composition of forces,
  7. composition series,
  8. compositional,
  9. compositive,
  10. compositor

Origin of composition

1350–1400; Middle English composicioun < Anglo-French < Latin compositiōn- (stem of compositiō), equivalent to composit(us) (see composite) + -iōn- -ion

Related formscom·po·si·tion·al, adjectivecom·po·si·tion·al·ly, adverbcom·pos·i·tive [kuh m-poz-i-tiv] /kəmˈpɒz ɪ tɪv/, adjectivecom·pos·i·tive·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for compositive

composition

/ (ˌkɒmpəˈzɪʃən) /

noun

Derived Formscompositional, adjective

Word Origin for composition

C14: from Old French, from Latin compositus; see composite, -ion

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Word Origin and History for compositive

composition

n.

late 14c., "action of combining," also "manner in which a thing is composed," from Old French composicion (13c., Modern French composition) "composition, make-up, literary work, agreement, settlement," from Latin compositionem (nominative compositio) "a putting together, connecting, arranging," noun of action from past participle stem of componere (see composite). Meaning "art of constructing sentences" is from 1550s; that of "literary production" (often also "writing exercise for students") is from c.1600. Printing sense is 1832; meaning "arrangement of parts in a picture" is from 1706.

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