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English noun: composition

1. composition (attribute) the spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole

SamplesHarmonious composition is essential in a serious work of art.


Broader (hypernym)arrangement, placement

2. composition (attribute) the way in which someone or something is composed

Synonymsconstitution, make-up, makeup, physical composition

Broader (hypernym)property

Narrower (hyponym)genetic constitution, genotype, grain, karyotype, phenotype, structure, texture

3. composition (substance) a mixture of ingredients

Broader (hypernym)mixture

Narrower (hyponym)ambrosia, beebread, compost, paste, soup

4. composition (communication) a musical work that has been created

SamplesThe composition is written in four movements.

Synonymsmusical composition, opus, piece, piece of music

Broader (hypernym)music

Narrower (hyponym)adagio, allegretto, allegro, andante, arrangement, bagatelle, canon, capriccio, divertimento, duet, duette, duo, etude, fantasia, idyl, idyll, incidental music, intermezzo, introit, larghetto, largo, medley, morceau, motet, movement, musical arrangement, musical passage, nocturne, notturno, octet, octette, passage, pastiche, pastoral, pastorale, potpourri, program music, programme music, quartet, quartette, quintet, quintette, realisation, realization, septet, septette, serenade, sestet, sextet, sextette, sheet music, solo, song, study, suite, symphonic poem, toccata, tone poem, trio, vocal

Part holonymcoda, finale

5. composition (act) musical creation


Broader (hypernym)creating by mental acts

Narrower (hyponym)arrangement, arranging, realisation, realization, recapitulation, transcription

6. composition (act) the act of creating written works

SamplesWriting was a form of therapy for him.
It was a matter of disputed authorship.

Synonymsauthorship, penning, writing

Broader (hypernym)verbal creation

Narrower (hyponym)adoxography, drafting, dramatisation, dramatization, fabrication, fictionalisation, fictionalization, historiography, lexicography, metrification, novelisation, novelization, redaction, versification

Domain category membersadopt, annotate, author, cite, co-author, compose, dash off, draft, dramatise, dramatize, fling off, footnote, ghost, ghostwrite, indite, knock off, outline, paragraph, pen, profile, reference, rewrite, scratch off, script, toss off, write, write about, write copy, write of, write on, write out, write up

7. composition (communication) art and technique of printing with movable type


Broader (hypernym)printing, printing process

8. composition (communication) an essay (especially one written as an assignment)

SamplesHe got an A on his composition.

Synonymspaper, report, theme

Broader (hypernym)essay

Narrower (hyponym)term paper

9. composition (artifact) something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole

SamplesHe envied the composition of their faculty.

Broader (hypernym)creation

Narrower (hyponym)paste-up

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