Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Tending to compose or soothe.
  • adjective Pertaining to, or used in, composition.
  • adjective (Print.) a stand for holding cases of type when in use.
  • adjective (Print.) a thin slip of brass or steel, against which the type is arranged in a composing stick, or by the aid of which stickfuls or handfuls or type are lifted; -- called also setting rule.
  • adjective (Print.) an instrument usually of metal, which the compositor holds in his left hand, and in which he arranges the type in words and lines. It has one open side, and one adjustable end by means of which the length of the lines, and consequently the width of the page or column, may be determined.

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  • verb Present participle of compose.

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  • noun the spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole
  • noun musical creation

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Examples

  • Such a conception of fiction as ahandycollection of pre-approved devices doesn't much encourage departures from standard practice or questioning of the place of these devices in composing works of fiction.

    Writing and Publishing

  • Both of these books, then, are compelling up to a point, but at that point essentially retreat into overly familiar exercises in composing a "life story."

    Narrative Strategies

  • [1] Believe me, dear Mother that the inexpressable pleasure I feel in composing these tales and Ballads; and the honest pride of haveing proved; (against the imperious and unnatural opinions of some of the learned,) that a poor man may possess qualities which they are forced to admire, will allways be equal to any temporary vexations which are likely to fall to my lot.

    Letter 66

  • Playing with the camera angle simply to make the deer, or fish, look bigger is pretty lame - but I do like to see photos where the photographer shows some creativity in composing the photo.

    Wisconsin Buck Could Threaten State Non-Typ Record

  • Fundamentally, placing objects is the most basic step in composing, the effort to achieve rhythm, balance and emphasis.

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  • You are not the first who has noticed the Omission of the Hay-making: the best excuse I have to offer is, that in composing the Poem I was determined that what I said on farming should be EXPERIMENTALLY true.

    Letter 175

  • I heard John Harbison, who in addition to his composing, is president of the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, tell this story: the Fund got a call from the Bush inaugural committee, who wanted to do an arrangement of "Fanfare for the Common Man" for heraldic trumpets (you know, the kind you always see in movies about the Roman Empire — hmmm).

    Synchronicity

  • I heard John Harbison, who in addition to his composing, is president of the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, tell this story: the Fund got a call from the Bush inaugural committee, who wanted to do an arrangement of "Fanfare for the Common Man" for heraldic trumpets (you know, the kind you always see in movies about the Roman Empire — hmmm).

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • In this Garret, amid six or seven other workmen, his active Mind employed itself in composing the Farmer's Boy.

    Letter 20

  • Playing with the camera angle simply to make the deer, or fish, look bigger is pretty lame - but I do like to see photos where the photographer shows some creativity in composing the photo.

    Wisconsin Buck Could Threaten State Non-Typ Record

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