composition meaning

[ kɔmpə'ziʃən ] Pronunciation:   "composition" in a sentence
  • Noun: composition  `kómpu'zishun
    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"
      - composing 
    2. The way in which someone or something is composed
      - 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"
      - musical composition, opus, piece, piece of music 
    5. Musical creation
      - composing 
    6. The act of creating written works
      - writing, authorship, penning 
    7. Art and technique of printing with movable type
      - typography 
    8. An essay (especially one written as an assignment)
      "he got an A on his composition"
      - paper, report, theme 
    9. Something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole
      "he envied the composition of their faculty"

    Derived forms: compositions

    See also: compose

    Type of: arrangement, creating by mental acts, creation, essay, mixture, music [archaic], placement, printing, printing process, property, verbal creation

    Encyclopedia: Composition

  • [Business]
    AmE / noun

    1 [U]

    the different parts which sth is made of; the way in which the parts are organized:

    There were disagreements about the composition of the new board (= about the people who would be on it).

    2 (Manufacturing ) [U]

    an artificial material made of several different substances, often used instead of a natural material:

    composition floors

    3 (Law ) [C, usually sing.]

    a legal agreement by which a person who is owed money by sb who cannot pay it all agrees to accept a percentage of the money; the agreed percentage that will be paid:

    The defendant had been released by deed on making a composition with the creditors.

    The court accepted the company's application for composition proceedings.

  • [Finance]
    Voluntary arrangement to restructure a firm's debt, under which payment is reduced.

  • [Law]
    n. An agreement between a debtor and his creditors discharging the debts in exchange for payment of a proportion of what is due. The debtor may have to register the agreement as a deed of arrangement. See also SCHEME OF ARRANGEMENT; VOLUNTARY ARRANGEMENT.

  • [Mechanics]
    "The determination of a force whose effect is the same as that of two or more given forces acting simultaneously, all forces are considered acting at the same point."


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  1. jon had little sulkiness in his composition.
  2. scientists study the composition of the soil.
  3. one calls this azeotropic composition.
  4. fertilizers modify the composition of herbage.
  5. then there was talk of peace and a composition.

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