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Definition of composition noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the different parts that something is made of; the way in which the different parts are organized the chemical composition of the soil the composition of the board of directors the size and composition of an average class Thesaurusstructureframework form composition construction fabricThese are all words for the way the different parts of something combine together or the way that something has been made.structure the way in which the parts of something are connected together or arranged; a particular arrangement of parts:the structure of the building/human body the social structure of society the grammatical structures of a language a salary structureframework a set of beliefs, ideas, or rules that forms the basis of a system or society:The report provides a framework for further research.form the arrangement of parts in a whole, especially in a work of art or piece of writing:As a photographer, shape and form were more important to him than color.composition (somewhat formal) the different parts or people that combine to form something; the way in which they combine:recent changes in the composition of our workforceconstruction the way that something has been built or made:He blamed the accident on shoddy construction.fabric (somewhat formal) the basic structure of a society or an organization that enables it to function successfully:This is a trend that threatens the very fabric of society.Patterns the basic structure/framework/form/composition/construction/fabric of something a simple/complex structure/framework/form the economic/political/social structure/framework/composition/fabric of something the chemical/genetic structure/composition of something
  2. 2[countable] a piece of music or art, or a poem one of Beethoven's finest compositions
  3. 3[uncountable] the act of composing something pieces performed in the order of their composition
  4. 4[uncountable] the art of writing music to study composition
  5. 5[countable] a short text that is written as a school exercise; a short essay
  6. 6[uncountable] (art) the arrangement of people or objects in a painting or photograph
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