Definition of "composition" []

  • The combining of distinct parts or elements to form a whole. (noun)
  • The manner in which such parts are combined or related. (noun)
  • General makeup: the changing composition of the electorate. (noun)
  • The result or product of composing; a mixture or compound. (noun)
  • Arrangement of artistic parts so as to form a unified whole. (noun)
  • The act of putting together or making up by combining parts or ingredients (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Something formed in this manner or the resulting state or quality; a mixture (noun)
  • The parts of which something is composed or made up; constitution (noun)
  • A work of music, art, or literature (noun)
  • The harmonious arrangement of the parts of a work of art in relation to each other and to the whole (noun)
  • A piece of writing undertaken as an academic exercise in grammatically acceptable writing; an essay (noun)
  • The act or technique of setting up type (noun)
  • The formation of compound words (noun)
  • 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 (noun)
  • A settlement by mutual consent, esp a legal agreement whereby the creditors agree to accept partial payment of a debt in full settlement (noun)
  • The sum so agreed (noun)
  • The nature and proportions of the elements comprising a chemical compound (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "composition" in a sentence
  • "I think it's by far a superior composition, it being rich with harmonies and vocal layers showcasing C-ute's vocal range and * feel* which are for the most part absent in "Bye Bye Bye!" it being a much more straight forward composition~ ... although to fault the title track as it is was it is for a reason."
  • ""It is recorded that the first persons who practised this species of composition [Footnote: The _composition_ here mentioned consisted of three parts, The _first_ regarded the structure; that is, the _connection_ of our words, and required that the last syllable of every preceding, and the first of every succeeding word should be so aptly united as to produce an agreeable sound; which was effected by avoiding a collision of vowels or of inamicable consonants."
  • "The assumption made by the colonial ethnographer about their societies having been "matriarchal" in composition is potentially misleading because matrilineality, while perhaps giving the preponderance of importance for purposes of inheritance to the female line, is not necessarily commensurate with female governance or domination."