Meaning of COMPOSITION in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˌkäm-pə-ˈzi-shən ]


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

Date: 14th century


a. : the act or process of composing ; specifically : arrangement into specific proportion or relation and especially into artistic form


(1) : the arrangement of type for printing

hand composition

(2) : the production of type or typographic characters (as in photocomposition) arranged for printing


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 -ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-n ə l adjective

• com·po·si·tion·al·ly adverb

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.