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composition

Noun

1 a mixture of ingredients
2 the way in which someone or something is composed [syn: constitution, makeup]
3 the spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole; "harmonious composition is essential in a serious work of art" [syn: composing]
4 a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements" [syn: musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music]
5 musical creation [syn: composing]
6 the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship" [syn: writing, authorship, penning]
7 art and technique of printing with movable type [syn: typography]
8 an essay (especially one written as an assignment); "he got an A on his composition" [syn: paper, report, theme]
9 something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole; "he envied the composition of their faculty"

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The combining of different parts to make a whole.
  2. The general makeup of something.
  3. A mixture or compound; the result of composing
  4. A work of music, literature or art.
  5. An essay.
  6. The formation of compound words from separate words.
  7. typesetting.

Related terms

Translations

combining of different parts to make a whole
general makeup of something
mixture or compound
work of music, literature or art
essay

Extensive Definition

Composition can refer to:

See also

  • Early Germanic law, concerning the use of the term composition, or making a payment instead of receiving a punishment. With reference to the modern period, see Ausgleich, also called the Composition of 1867.
  • Compose key, a key on a computer keyboard
composition in Catalan: Composició
composition in German: Komposition
composition in Estonian: Kompositsioon
composition in Spanish: Composición
composition in French: Composition
composition in Hebrew: קומפוזיציה
composition in Dutch: Compositie
composition in Portuguese: Composição
composition in Russian: Композиция
composition in Slovak: Kompozícia
composition in Serbian: Композиција
composition in Finnish: Kompositio
composition in Yiddish: קאמפאזיציע

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