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COMPOSITION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does composition mean? 

COMPOSITION (noun)
  The noun COMPOSITION has 9 senses:

1. a mixture of ingredients
2. the way in which someone or something is composed
3. the spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole
4. a musical work that has been created
5. musical creation
6. the act of creating written works
7. art and technique of printing with movable type
8. an essay (especially one written as an assignment)
9. something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole

  Familiarity information: COMPOSITION used as a noun is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPOSITION (noun)


Sense 1composition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mixture of ingredients

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("composition" is a kind of...):

mixture ((chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "composition"):

paste (any mixture of a soft and malleable consistency)

ambrosia; beebread (a mixture of nectar and pollen prepared by worker bees and fed to larvae)

compost (a mixture of decaying vegetation and manure; used as a fertilizer)

soup (any composition having a consistency suggestive of soup)


Sense 2composition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The way in which someone or something is composed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

makeup; composition; constitution

Hypernyms ("composition" is a kind of...):

property (a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "composition"):

karyotype (the appearance of the chromosomal makeup of a somatic cell in an individual or species (including the number and arrangement and size and structure of the chromosomes))

genetic constitution; genotype (the particular alleles at specified loci present in an organism)

phenotype (what an organism looks like as a consequence of the interaction of its genotype and the environment)

structure (the manner of construction of something and the arrangement of its parts)


Sense 3composition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

composing; composition

Context example:

harmonious composition is essential in a serious work of art

Hypernyms ("composition" is a kind of...):

arrangement; placement (the spatial property of the way in which something is placed)


Sense 4composition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A musical work that has been created

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

musical composition; opus; piece of music; composition; piece

Context example:

the composition is written in four movements

Hypernyms ("composition" is a kind of...):

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)

Meronyms (parts of "composition"):

coda; finale (the closing section of a musical composition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "composition"):

suite (a musical composition of several movements only loosely connected)

larghetto ((music) a composition or passage played in a slow tempo slightly faster than largo but slower than adagio)

largo ((music) a composition or passage that is to be performed in a slow and dignified manner)

movement (a major self-contained part of a symphony or sonata)

allegro (a musical composition or passage performed quickly in a brisk lively manner)

musical passage; passage (a short section of a musical composition)

fantasia (a musical composition of a free form usually incorporating several familiar themes)

symphonic poem; tone poem (an orchestral composition based on literature or folk tales)

medley; pastiche; potpourri (a musical composition consisting of a series of songs or other musical pieces from various sources)

nocturne; notturno (a pensive lyrical piece of music (especially for the piano))

adagio ((music) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully))

song; vocal (a short musical composition with words)

study (a composition intended to develop one aspect of the performer's technique)

capriccio (an instrumental composition that doesn't adhere to rules for any specific musical form and is played with improvisation)

motet (an unaccompanied choral composition with sacred lyrics; intended to be sung as part of a church service; originated in the 13th century)

program music; programme music (musical compositions intended to evoke images or remind the listener of events)

incidental music (music composed to accompany the action of a drama or to fill intervals between scenes)

toccata (a baroque musical composition (usually for a keyboard instrument) with full chords and rapid elaborate runs in a rhythmically free style)

idyll; pastoral; pastorale (a musical composition that evokes rural life)

etude (a short composition for a solo instrument; intended as an exercise or to demonstrate technical virtuosity)

morceau (a short literary or musical composition)

sheet music (a musical composition in printed or written form)

arrangement; musical arrangement (a piece of music that has been adapted for performance by a particular set of voices or instruments)

realisation; realization (a musical composition that has been completed or enriched by someone other than the composer)

intermezzo (a short piece of instrumental music composed for performance between acts of a drama or opera)

introit (a composition of vocal music that is appropriate for opening church services)

solo (a musical composition for one voice or instrument (with or without accompaniment))

duet; duette; duo (a musical composition for two performers)

trio (a musical composition for three performers)

quartet; quartette (a musical composition for four performers)

canon (a contrapuntal piece of music in which a melody in one part is imitated exactly in other parts)

divertimento; serenade (a musical composition in several movements; has no fixed form)

bagatelle (a light piece of music for piano)

octet; octette (a musical composition written for eight performers)

septet; septette (a musical composition written for seven performers)

sestet; sextet; sextette (a musical composition written for six performers)

quintet; quintette (a musical composition for five performers)


Sense 5composition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Musical creation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

composing; composition

Hypernyms ("composition" is a kind of...):

creating by mental acts (the act of creating something by thinking)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "composition"):

recapitualtion ((music) the repetition of themes introduced earlier (especially when you are composing the final part of a movement))

realisation; realization (the completion or enrichment of a piece of music left sparsely notated by a composer)

arrangement; arranging; transcription (the act of arranging and adapting a piece of music)


Sense 6composition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of creating written works

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

authorship; penning; writing; composition

Context examples:

writing was a form of therapy for him / it was a matter of disputed authorship

Hypernyms ("composition" is a kind of...):

verbal creation (creating something by the use of speech and language)

Domain member category:

script (write a script for)

write out; write up (put into writing; write in complete form)

cite; reference (refer to)

annotate; footnote (add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments)

ghost; ghostwrite (write for someone else)

co-author (be a co-author on (a book, a paper))

author (be the author of)

draft; outline (draw up an outline or sketch for something)

adopt; dramatise; dramatize (put into dramatic form)

write copy (write for commercial publications)

rewrite (rewrite so as to make fit to suit a new or different purpose)

dash off; fling off; knock off; scratch off; toss off (write quickly)

paragraph (write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher)

profile (write about)

write about; write of; write on (write about a particular topic)

compose; indite; pen; write (produce a literary work)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "composition"):

drafting (writing a first version to be filled out and polished later)

versification (the art or practice of writing verse)

lexicography (the act of writing dictionaries)

redaction (the act of putting something in writing)

novelisation; novelization (converting something into the form of a novel)

metrification (writing a metrical composition (or the metrical structure of a composition))

historiography (the writing of history)

fabrication; fictionalisation; fictionalization (writing in a fictional form)

dramatisation; dramatization (conversion into dramatic form)


Sense 7composition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Art and technique of printing with movable type

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

typography; composition

Hypernyms ("composition" is a kind of...):

printing; printing process (reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication)


Sense 8composition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An essay (especially one written as an assignment)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

paper; theme; report; composition

Context example:

he got an A on his composition

Hypernyms ("composition" is a kind of...):

essay (an analytic or interpretive literary composition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "composition"):

term paper (a composition intended to indicate a student's progress during a school term)


Sense 9composition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

he envied the composition of their faculty

Hypernyms ("composition" is a kind of...):

creation (an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "composition"):

paste-up (a composition of flat objects pasted on a board or other backing)


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