Definition of composition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒmpəˈzɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːmpəˈzɪʃn//
    Describing art, Pieces of music
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  1. 1[uncountable] the different parts which 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 Synonymsstructureframework 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 [U] the arrangement of parts in a whole, especially in a work of art of piece of writing:As a photographer, shape and form were more important to him than colour.composition [U] (rather formal) the different parts or people that combine to form something; the way in which they combine:recent changes in the composition of the workforceconstruction [U] the way that something has been built or made:ships of steel constructionfabric (rather formal) the basic structure of a society or an organization that enables it to function successfully:This is a trend which 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] (formal) a piece of music or art, or a poem one of Beethoven’s finest compositions See related entries: Describing art, Pieces of music
  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 See related entries: Describing art
  7. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin compositio(n-), from componere ‘put together’.Extra examples Has household composition changed in the last decade? In the exam you will have to do a composition. Irradiation changes the chemical composition of a spice. The overall composition of the Senate was Democrats 57 and Republicans 43. a composition by John Cage a composition by the sculptor, Bernt Notke a composition for violin and piano a composition on the effects of crime an original composition by a popular young composer elections to determine the composition of the assembly the changing composition of the labour force the character of the state and its internal composition the ethnic composition of the region The two drugs are nearly identical in composition. one of Stravinsky’s finest compositions recent changes in the composition of the workforce
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