Definitions for compositionˌkɒm pəˈzɪʃ ən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
com•po•si•tionˌkɒm pəˈzɪʃ ən(n.)
the manner of being composed; arrangement or combination of parts or elements.
the parts or elements of which something is composed; makeup; constitution.
the act of combining parts or elements to form a whole.
the resulting state or product.
an aggregate material formed from two or more substances.
a short essay written as a school exercise.
the act or process of producing a literary work.
a piece of music.
Category: Music and Dance
the act or art of composing music.
Category: Music and Dance
the organization or grouping of the different parts of a work of art so as to achieve a unified whole.
Category: Fine Arts
the process of forming compound words.
a settlement by mutual agreement.
the setting up of type for printing. the makeup of pages for printing.
Origin of composition:
1350–1400; ME ( < AF ) < L compositiō=composi-, var. s. of compōnere (see component ) +-tiō -tion
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"
constitution, composition, physical composition, makeup, make-up(noun)
the way in which someone or something is composed
a mixture of ingredients
musical composition, opus, composition, piece, piece of music(noun)
a musical work that has been created
"the composition is written in four movements"
writing, authorship, composition, penning(noun)
the act of creating written works
"writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"
art and technique of printing with movable type
composition, paper, report, theme(noun)
an essay (especially one written as an assignment)
"he got an A on his composition"
something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole
"he envied the composition of their faculty"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
composition(noun)ˌkɒm pəˈzɪʃ ən
different parts of sth and their organization
the composition of the atmosphere
compositionˌkɒm pəˈzɪʃ ən
a piece of music or art, a story sb has written, etc.
***an original composition by the author
compositionˌkɒm pəˈzɪʃ ən
the process of creating a piece of music, art, or writing
***the composition of his first symphony
The proportion of different parts to make a whole.
The general makeup of something.
An agreement or treaty used to settle differences; later especially, an agreement to stop hostilities; a truce.
An agreement to pay money in order to clear a liability or obligation; a settling.
A mixture or compound; the result of composing.
The formation of compound words from separate words.
A work of music, literature or art.
Origin: From compositio.
the act or art of composing, or forming a whole or integral, by placing together and uniting different things, parts, or ingredients
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 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
the act of writing for practice in a language, as English, Latin, German, etc
the setting up of type and arranging it for printing
the state of being put together or composed; conjunction; combination; adjustment
a mass or body formed by combining two or more substances; as, a chemical composition
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
consistency; accord; congruity
mutual agreement to terms or conditions for the settlement of a difference or controversy; also, the terms or conditions of settlement; agreement
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
synthesis as opposed to analysis
In the visual arts – in particular painting, graphic design, photography and sculpture – composition is the placement or arrangement of visual elements or ingredients in a work of art, as distinct from the subject of a work. It can also be thought of as the organization of the elements of art according to the principles of art. The term composition means 'putting together,' and can apply to any work of art, from music to writing to photography, that is arranged or put together using conscious thought. In the visual arts, composition is often used interchangeably with various terms such as design, form, visual ordering, or formal structure, depending on the context. In graphic design for press and desktop publishing composition is commonly referred to as page layout. These paintings all show the same subject, the Raising of Lazarus, and essentially the same figures, but have very different compositions: ⁕ Duccio, 1310-11 ⁕ Geertgen tot Sint Jans, 1480s ⁕ Guercino, c. 1619 ⁕ Rembrandt, c. 1630
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Translations for composition
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
something composed, eg music
his latest composition.
- komposisie, toonsetting; samestelling; konstruksie; opstel; steloefening, stelwerk, stylleer; konstruksie; aard, geaardheid; sas; akkoordAfrikaans
- composiçãoPortuguese (BR)
- die KompositionGerman
- ترکیب؛ آهنگFarsi
- kūrinys, kompozicijaLithuanian
- komposisjon, verkNorwegian
- ترکیب؛ آهنگPersian
- (音樂等)作品Chinese (Trad.)
- композиція; літературний (музичний) твірUkrainian
- ترتیب کی ہوئی شےUrdu
- tác phẩmVietnamese
- （音乐等）作品Chinese (Simp.)
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