Meaning of COMPOSITION in English

com ‧ po ‧ si ‧ tion /ˌkɒmpəˈzɪʃ ə n $ ˌkɑːm-/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: Latin compositio , from compositus ; ⇨ ↑ composite 1 ]

1 . PARTS/MEMBERS [uncountable and countable] the way in which something is made up of different parts, things, or members ⇨ compose

composition of

The composition of the group that is studied depends on the interests of the researcher.

Some minerals have complex chemical compositions.


a) [countable] a piece of music, a poem, or a piece of writing ⇨ compose , composer :

a composition by jazzman Dave Brubeck, called ‘Chromatic Fantasy’

a mixture of traditional songs and original compositions

b) [uncountable] the art or process of writing pieces of music, poems etc:

The Journals contain accounts of literary composition.

3 . PICTURE [uncountable and countable] the way in which the different parts that make up a photograph or picture are arranged:

Martin starts by lightly sketching in the compositions for his paintings.

4 . WRITING AT SCHOOL [countable] a short piece of writing about a particular subject, that is done at school SYN essay :

I had to write a composition about the Royal visit.

5 . PRINTING [uncountable] technical the process of arranging words, pictures etc on a page before they are printed

—compositional adjective

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▪ music the sounds made by musical instruments or people singing:

The music was really loud.

▪ tune the main series of musical notes in a piece of music:

a folk song with a pretty tune

▪ melody the main series of notes in a piece of music that has many notes being played at the same time, especially in classical music:

The soprano sang the melody.

▪ harmony the chords or notes in a piece of music that support the melody:

the rich harmonies in the symphony

▪ piece ( also piece of music ) an arrangement of musical notes – use this about music without words:

It’s a difficult piece to play.

▪ composition formal a piece of music that someone has written:

This is one of his own compositions.

▪ work a piece of music, especially classical music:

one of Mozart’s best-known works

▪ track one of the songs or pieces of music on a CD:

the album’s title track

▪ number a piece of popular music that forms part of a concert or show:

the show’s first number

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.