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Pronunciation:  `kâmpu'zishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"
  2. [n]  musical creation
  3. [n]  something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole; "he envied the composition of their faculty"
  4. [n]  the way in which someone or something is composed
  5. [n]  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"
  6. [n]  an essay (especially one written as an assignment); "he got an A on his composition"
  7. [n]  art and technique of printing with movable type
  8. [n]  a musical work that has been created; "the composition is written in four movements"
  9. [n]  a mixture of ingredients

COMPOSITION is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: authorship, composing, composing, constitution, makeup, musical composition, opus, paper, penning, piece, piece of music, report, theme, typography, writing
 See Also: adagio, allegro, ambrosia, arrangement, arrangement, arrangement, arranging, bagatelle, beebread, canon, capriccio, coda, compost, creating by mental acts, creation, creation, divertimento, drafting, dramatisation, dramatization, duet, duette, duo, essay, etude, fabrication, fantasia, fictionalisation, fictionalization, finale, genetic constitution, genotype, idyll, incidental music, intermezzo, karyotype, largo, lexicography, medley, metrification, mixture, morceau, motet, movement, music, musical arrangement, musical passage, nocturne, novelisation, novelization, octet, octette, passage, paste, paste-up, pastiche, pastoral, pastorale, phenotype, placement, potpourri, printing, printing process, program music, programme music, property, quartet, quartette, quintet, quintette, realization, realization, recapitualtion, redaction, septet, septette, serenade, sestet, sextet, sextette, sheet music, solo, song, soup, structure, study, suite, symphonic poem, term paper, toccata, tone poem, trio, verbal creation, versification, writing assignment, written assignment



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Com`po*si"tion\, n. [F. composition, fr. L.
compositio. See {Composite}.]
1. The act or art of composing, or forming a whole or
   integral, by placing together and uniting different
   things, parts, or ingredients. In specific uses:
   (a) The invention or combination of the parts of any
       literary work or discourse, or of a work of art; as,
       the composition of a poem or a piece of music. ``The
       constant habit of elaborate composition.'' --Macaulay.
   (b) (Fine Arts) The art or practice of so combining the
       different parts of a work of art as to produce a
       harmonious whole; also, a work of art considered as
       such. See 4, below.
   (c) The act of writing for practice in a language, as
       English, Latin, German, etc.
   (d) (Print.) The setting up of type and arranging it for

2. The state of being put together or composed; conjunction;
   combination; adjustment.

         View them in composition with other things. --I.

         The elementary composition of bodies. --Whewell.

3. A mass or body formed by combining two or more substances;
   as, a chemical composition.

         A composition that looks . . . like marble.

4. A literary, musical, or artistic production, especially
   one showing study and care in arrangement; -- often used
   of an elementary essay or translation done as an
   educational exercise.

5. Consistency; accord; congruity. [Obs.]

         There is no composition in these news That gives
         them credit.                          --Shak.

6. Mutual agreement to terms or conditions for the settlement
   of a difference or controversy; also, the terms or
   conditions of settlement; agreement.

         Thus we are agreed: I crave our composition may be
         written.                              --Shak.

7. (Law) The adjustment of a debt, or avoidance of an
   obligation, by some form of compensation agreed on between
   the parties; also, the sum or amount of compensation
   agreed upon in the adjustment.

         Compositions for not taking the order of knighthood.

         Cleared by composition with their creditors.

8. Synthesis as opposed to analysis.

         The investigation of difficult things by the method
         of analysis ought ever to precede the method of
         composition.                          --Sir I.

{Composition cloth}, a kind of cloth covered with a
   preparation making it waterproof.

{Composition deed}, an agreement for composition between a
   debtor and several creditors.

{Composition plane} (Crystallog.), the plane by which the two
   individuals of a twin crystal are united in their reserved

{Composition of forces} (Mech.), the finding of a single
   force (called the resultant) which shall be equal in
   effect to two or more given forces (called the components)
   when acting in given directions. --Herbert.

{Composition metal}, an alloy resembling brass, which is
   sometimes used instead of copper for sheathing vessels; --
   also called {Muntz metal} and {yellow metal}.

{Composition of proportion} (Math.), an arrangement of four
   proportionals so that the sum of the first and second is
   to the second as the sum of the third and fourth to the

Computing Dictionary

1. function composition.

2. typesetting.

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