[ kom-puh-zish-uh n ]
/ ˌkɒm pəˈzɪʃ ən /
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.
a short essay written as a school exercise.
the act or process of producing a literary work.
an 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.
a piece of music.
the art of composing music.
Fine Arts. the organization or grouping of the different parts of a work of art so as to achieve a unified whole.
Grammar. the formation of compounds or derivatives: the composition of “aircraft” from “air” and “craft.”
a settlement by mutual agreement.
an agreement or compromise, especially 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.
Mathematics. the process of making a composite function of two given functions.
Words nearby composition
Origin of composition
OTHER WORDS FROM compositioncom·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
/ (ˌkɒmpəˈzɪʃən) /
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
printing the act or technique of setting up type
linguistics the formation of compound words
logic the fallacy of inferring that the properties of the part are also true of the whole, as every member of the team has won a prize, so the team will win a prize
- a settlement by mutual consent, esp a legal agreement whereby the creditors agree to accept partial payment of a debt in full settlement
- the sum so agreed
chem the nature and proportions of the elements comprising a chemical compound
Derived forms of compositioncompositional, adjective
Word Origin for composition
C14: from Old French, from Latin compositus; see composite, -ion
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