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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)

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.

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."