Definition of COMPOSITION

a literary, musical, or artistic production <the compositions of Michelangelo include the dome of St. Peter's, the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and his monumental statue of David>
Synonyms number, opus, piece, work
a short piece of writing done as a school exercise <a teacher who is fond of having her class write compositions>
Synonyms paper, theme
Related Words article, essay, story
the way in which the elements of something (as a work of art) are arranged <student photographers learn the importance of composition in creating striking images>
Related Words motif, theme
a short piece of writing typically expressing a point of view <submitted a composition to the local newspaper for its special section marking Martin Luther King Day>

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