Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun steadiness of mind under stress

Etymologies

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

[From compose.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

compose +‎ -ure

Examples

  • And I can think of only one place in America where your Halloween composure is unlikely to be ruffled by endless quantities of cheap and glittering candies: the past.

    How Candy And Halloween Became Best Friends

  • I picked up this tactic from several different hunting shows and it has helped me maintain composure when I draw back on an animal that I am both willing and intending to shoot.

    ive hunted all my life with my dad ... i just recently got into bowhunting and absolutely fell in love ...

  • While an overarching character trait of Obama's is to maintain composure in the face of racial hysteria -- which tends to be lurking at the bottom of much of the Tea Party -- that does not mean that the best thing to do is ignore the outspoken opposition.

    John Wellington Ennis: How Rahm Bombed

  • Step 4: Regain composure and prepare for a lifetime of monogamous dove love.

    The love life of pigeons

  • While an overarching character trait of Obama's is to maintain composure in the face of racial hysteria -- which tends to be lurking at the bottom of much of the Tea Party -- that does not mean that the best thing to do is ignore the outspoken opposition.

    John Wellington Ennis: How Rahm Bombed

  • While an overarching character trait of Obama's is to maintain composure in the face of racial hysteria -- which tends to be lurking at the bottom of much of the Tea Party -- that does not mean that the best thing to do is ignore the outspoken opposition.

    John Wellington Ennis: How Rahm Bombed

  • Look at the crazy eyes, poor personal hygiene, radical support for Obama, inability to maintain composure in an IHOP restaurant – all immediate warning signs of liberalism.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: February 17, 2010

  • February 17th, 2010 at 11: 04 am gummitch -- this space for rent says: jwest: Look at the crazy eyes, poor personal hygiene, radical support for Obama, inability to maintain composure in an IHOP restaurant – all immediate warning signs of liberalism.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: February 17, 2010

  • While an overarching character trait of Obama's is to maintain composure in the face of racial hysteria -- which tends to be lurking at the bottom of much of the Tea Party -- that does not mean that the best thing to do is ignore the outspoken opposition.

    John Wellington Ennis: How Rahm Bombed

  • While an overarching character trait of Obama's is to maintain composure in the face of racial hysteria -- which tends to be lurking at the bottom of much of the Tea Party -- that does not mean that the best thing to do is ignore the outspoken opposition.

    John Wellington Ennis: How Rahm Bombed

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