American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make up the constituent parts of; constitute or form: an exhibit composed of French paintings; the many ethnic groups that compose our nation. See Usage Note at comprise.
- v. To make or create by putting together parts or elements.
- v. To create or produce (a literary or musical piece).
- v. To make (oneself) calm or tranquil: Compose yourself and deal with the problems logically.
- v. To settle or adjust; reconcile: They managed to compose their differences.
- v. To arrange aesthetically or artistically.
- v. Printing To arrange or set (type or matter to be printed).
- v. To create a literary or musical piece.
- v. Printing To set type.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make or form by uniting two or more things; put together the parts of; form by framing, fashioning, or arranging. In relation to material things (rarely persons).
- In relation to literary authorship: as, to compose a sermon or a sonnet.
- In relation to musical authorship: as, to compose a sonata.
- In relation to artistic skill: as, to compose (arrange the leading features of) a picture, statue, group, etc.
- In printing: To put into type; set the types for: as, to compose a page or a pamphlet.
- To arrange in the composing-stick: set: as, to compose a thousand ems.
- To form by being combined or united; be the substance, constituents, or elements of; constitute; make up: as, levies of raw soldiers compose his army; the wall is composed of bricks and mortar; water is composed of hydrogen and oxygen.
- To bring into a composed state; calm; quiet; appease.
- To settle; adjust; reconcile; bring into a proper state or condition: as, to compose differences.
- To place or arrange in proper form; put into a settled state; arrange.
- To dispose; put into a proper mood or temper for any purpose.
- To practise composition, in any of the active senses of that word.
- To come to an agreement; adjust differences; agree.
- In painting, to combine or fall into a group or arrangement with artistic effect; admit of pleasing or artistic combination in a picture: as, the mountains composed well.
- v. transitive To make up the whole; to constitute.
- v. transitive, nonstandard To comprise.
- v. transitive or intransitive To construct by mental labor; to think up; particularly, to produce or create a literary or musical work.
- v. reflexive To calm oneself down.
- v. To arrange the elements of a photograph or other picture.
- v. To settle (an argument, dispute etc.); to come to a settlement.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To form by putting together two or more things or parts; to put together; to make up; to fashion.
- v. To form the substance of, or part of the substance of; to constitute.
- v. To construct by mental labor; to design and execute, or put together, in a manner involving the adaptation of forms of expression to ideas, or to the laws of harmony or proportion.
- v. To dispose in proper form; to reduce to order; to put in proper state or condition; to adjust; to regulate.
- v. To free from agitation or disturbance; to tranquilize; to soothe; to calm; to quiet.
- v. (Print.) To arrange (types) in a composing stick in order for printing; to set (type).
- v. obsolete To come to terms.
- v. calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet
- v. produce a literary work
- v. form the substance of
- v. put together out of existing material
- v. make up plans or basic details for
- v. write music
- From Old French composer ("to compose, compound, adjust, settle"), from Latin componere ("to put together, compose"), from com- ("together") + ponere ("to put, place") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English composen, from Old French composer, alteration (influenced by poser, to put, place) of Latin compōnere; see component. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Richter later spent some time in America, where, among other things, he collaborated with Jean Cocteau on the late surrealist romp 8x8: A Chess Sonata (portions of which are also online — check out this sequence featuring Paul Bowles awakening to compose from a slowly draining swimming pool.) posted by Matthew @ 10: 00 AM”
“But now the reality they do compose is not in some world over against the author but in the author's own articulated processes of sensation.”
“When the paroxysms had passed I would again compose a few bars until the pain overwhelmed me again.”
“I like to work in bursts, when stuff “comes” to me because I’m lazy and making my brain focus and compose is annoying if I’m not in the mood.”
“All this information is also available in compose mode as well, so you know exactly who you’re sending it to.”
“To comprise is to take in, embrace; to compose is to make up.”
“There is, between our body and other bodies, an arrangement like that of the pieces of glass that compose a kaleidoscopic picture.”
“With these men, to compose is to hesitate; and to revise is to be mortified by fresh doubts and unsupplied omissions.”
“Third, tell MEF to actually go and compose, that is satisfy all imports.”
“It is true that there is not much to be got by this, but still there is something, and it would be the means of gaining more honor and reputation than by giving a hundred concerts in Germany, and I am far happier when I have something to compose, which is my chief delight and passion; and if I get a situation anywhere, or have hopes of one, the scrittura would be a great recommendation to me, and excite a sensation, and cause me to be more thought of.”
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