Definition of composition
1a : the act or process of composing; specifically : arrangement into specific proportion or relation and especially into artistic form the painting's unique compositionb (1) : the arrangement of type for printing hand composition (2) : the production of type or typographic characters (as in photocomposition) arranged for printing
2a : the manner in which something is composedb : general makeup the changing ethnic composition of the city's populationc : the qualitative and quantitative makeup of a chemical compound the chemical composition of a polymer
3 : mutual settlement or agreement The two parties came to a composition.
4 : a product of mixing or combining various elements or ingredients a composition of rubber and cork
5 : an intellectual creation: such asa : a piece of writing; especially : a school exercise in the form of a brief essay wrote a composition on the role of the police in our societyb : a written piece of music especially of considerable size and complexity Her composition for piano and flute was played at the recital.
6 : the quality or state of being compound
compositionalplay \-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of composition in a sentence
the changing composition of the country's population
the composition of a chemical compound
The teacher reminded us to hand in our compositions at the end of class.
Origin and Etymology of composition
Middle English composicioun, from Anglo-French composicion, from Latin composition-, compositio, from componere —see compose
First Known Use: 14th century
COMPOSITION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of composition for English Language Learners
: the way in which something is put together or arranged : the combination of parts or elements that make up something
: a piece of writing; especially : a brief essay written as a school assignment
: a written piece of music and especially one that is very long or complex
COMPOSITION Defined for Kids
Definition of composition for Students
1 : a short piece of writing done as a school exercise
2 : the act of writing words or music
4 : a literary, musical, or artistic production
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