Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin compositio, from compositus; COMPOSITE1


com‧po‧si‧tion W3


[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.


[uncountable and countable]TCPAV 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.

writing at school

[countable] a short piece of writing about a particular subject, that is done at school [= essay]:
I had to write a composition about the Royal visit.


[uncountable]TCN technical the process of arranging words, pictures etc on a page before they are printed
compositional adjective

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