Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A calm or tranquil state of mind; self-possession.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Calmness of mind or matter, self-possession.
  • n. The act of composing, or that which is composed; a composition.
  • n. Orderly adjustment; disposition.
  • n. frame; make; temperament
  • n. A combination; a union; a bond.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of composing, or that which is composed; a composition.
  • n. Orderly adjustment; disposition.
  • n. Frame; make; temperament.
  • n. A settled state; calmness; sedateness; tranquillity; repose.
  • n. A combination; a union; a bond.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of composing; composition.
  • n. That which is composed; a composition.
  • n. Arrangement; combination; order; adjustment; disposition; posture.
  • n. Frame; composition; hence, temperament; disposition; constitution.
  • n. A composed state of mind; serenity; calmness; tranquillity.
  • n. Agreement; settlement of differences; composition.
  • n. Combination; bond.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. steadiness of mind under stress

Etymologies

From compose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
compose +‎ -ure (Wiktionary)

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