Meaning of COMPOSITION in English


Pronunciation: ˌ käm-p ə - ' zi-sh ə n

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English composicioun, from Anglo-French composicion, from Latin composition-, compositio, from componere

Date: 14th century

1 a : the act or process of composing specifically : arrangement into specific proportion or relation and especially into artistic form b (1) : the arrangement of type for printing <hand composition > (2) : the production of type or typographic characters (as in photocomposition) arranged for printing

2 a : the manner in which something is composed b : general makeup <the changing ethnic composition of the city ― Leonard Buder> c : the qualitative and quantitative makeup of a chemical compound

3 : mutual settlement or agreement

4 : a product of mixing or combining various elements or ingredients

5 : an intellectual creation: as a : a piece of writing especially : a school exercise in the form of a brief essay b : a written piece of music especially of considerable size and complexity

6 : the quality or state of being compound

7 : the operation of forming a composite function also : COMPOSITE FUNCTION

– com · po · si · tion · al \ - ' zish-n ə l, - ' zi-sh ə -n ə l \ adjective

– com · po · si · tion · al · ly adverb

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.