com·pos·ition [composition compositions] BrE [ˌkɒmpəˈzɪʃn]
NAmE [ˌkɑːmpəˈzɪʃn]
1. uncountable the different parts which sth is made of; the way in which the different parts are organized
the chemical composition of the soil
the composition of the board of directors
the size and composition of an average class
2. countable (formal) a piece of music or art, or a poem
one of Beethoven's finest compositions
3. uncountable the act of composing sth
pieces performed in the order of their composition
4. uncountable the art of writing music
to study composition
5. countable a short text that is written as a school exercise; a short essay
6. uncountable (art) the arrangement of people or objects in a painting or photograph
Word Origin:
late Middle English: via Old French from Latin compositio(n-), from componere ‘put together’.
framework form composition construction fabric
These are all words for the way the different parts of sth combine together or the way that sth has been made.
structure • the way in which the parts of sth are connected together or arranged; a particular arrangement of parts: the structure of the building/human body the social structure of society the grammatical structures of a language a salary structure
framework • a set of beliefs, ideas or rules that forms the basis of a system or society: The report provides a framework for further research.
form • [U] the arrangement of parts in a whole, especially in a work of art of piece of writing: As a photographer, shape and form were more important to him than colour.
composition • [U] (rather formal) the different parts or people that combine to form sth; the way in which they combine: recent changes in the composition of the workforce
construction • [U] the way that sth has been built or made: ships of steel construction
fabric • (rather formal) the basic structure of a society or an organization that enables it to function successfully: This is a trend which threatens the very fabric of society .
the basic structure/framework/form/composition/construction/fabric of sth
a simple/complex structure/framework/form
the economic/political/social structure/framework/composition/fabric of sth
the chemical/genetic structure/composition of sth
Example Bank:
Has household composition changed in the last decade?
In the exam you will have to do a composition.
Irradiation changes the chemical composition of a spice.
The overall composition of the Senate was Democrats 57 and Republicans 43.
a composition by John Cage
a composition by the sculptor, Bernt Notke
a composition for violin and piano
a composition on the effects of crime
an original composition by a popular young composer
elections to determine the composition of the assembly
the changing composition of the labour force
the character of the state and its internal composition
the ethnic composition of the region
The two drugs are nearly identical in composition.
one of Stravinsky's finest compositions
recent changes in the composition of the workforce

WordNet Dictionary:
1. 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
2. the way in which someone or something is composed
Syn: constitution, physical composition, makeup, make-up
3. a mixture of ingredients
4. a musical work that has been created
- the composition is written in four movements
Syn: musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music
- writing was a form of therapy for him
- it was a matter of disputed authorship
Syn: writing, authorship, penning
6. musical creation
Syn: composing
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

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.1.(Fine Arts) The act or art of composing, or forming a whole or integral, by placing together and uniting different things, parts, or ingredients.
2.The state of being put together or composed; conjunction; combination; adjustment.
View them in composition with other things.
The elementary composition of bodies.
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.
There is no composition in these news
That gives them credit.
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.
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.
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 positions.
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.
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 fourth.

Dictionary of Computing:
1.composition - function composition.
2.composition - typesetting.

Legal Dictionary:

COMPOSITION, contracts. An agreement, made upon a sufficient consideration, between a debtor and creditor, by which the creditor accepts part of the debt due to him in satisfaction of the whole. Montagu on Compos. 1; 3 Co. 118; Co. Litt. 212, b; 4 Mod. 88; 1 Str. 426; 2 T. R. 24, 26; 2 Chit. R. 541, 564; 5 D. & R. 56 3 B. & C. 242; 1 R. & M. 188; 1 B. & A. 103, 440; 3 Moore's R. 11; 6 T. R. 263; 1 D. & R. 493; 2 Campb. R. 283; 2 M. & S. 120; 1 N. R. 124; Harr. Dig. Deed VIII.
     2. In England, compositions were formerly allowed for crimes and misdemeanors, even for murder. But these compositions are no longer allowed, and even a qui tam action cannot be lawfully compounded. Bac. Ab. Actions qui tam, See 2 John. 405; 9 John. 251; 10 John. 118; 11 John. 474; 6 N. H.-Rep. 200.

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