• WordNet 3.6
    • v compose make up plans or basic details for "frame a policy"
    • v compose put together out of existing material "compile a list"
    • v compose produce a literary work "She composed a poem","He wrote four novels"
    • v compose write music "Beethoven composed nine symphonies"
    • v compose calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet "She had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult"
    • v compose form the substance of "Greed and ambition composed his personality"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Beethoven dipped his head in cold water before he composed.
    • Compose (Print) To arrange (types) in a composing stick in order for printing; to set (type).
    • v. i Compose To come to terms.
    • Compose 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; as, to compose a sentence, a sermon, a symphony, or a picture. "Let me compose Something in verse as well as prose.""The genius that composed such works as the “Standard” and “Last Supper”."
    • Compose To dispose in proper form; to reduce to order; to put in proper state or condition; to adjust; to regulate. "In a peaceful grave my corpse compose .""How in safety best we may Compose our present evils."
    • Compose To form by putting together two or more things or parts; to put together; to make up; to fashion. "Zeal ought to be composed of the highest degrees of all pious affection."
    • Compose To form the substance of, or part of the substance of; to constitute. "Their borrowed gold composed The calf in Oreb.""A few useful things . . . compose their intellectual possessions."
    • Compose To free from agitation or disturbance; to tranquilize; to soothe; to calm; to quiet. "Compose thy mind;
      Nor frauds are here contrived, nor force designed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Beethoven used to pour cold water over his head to stimulate his brain before sitting down to compose.
    • compose 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).
    • compose In relation to literary authorship: as, to compose a sermon or a sonnet.
    • compose In relation to musical authorship: as, to compose a sonata.
    • compose In relation to artistic skill: as, to compose (arrange the leading features of) a picture, statue, group, etc.
    • compose In printing: To put into type; set the types for: as, to compose a page or a pamphlet.
    • compose To arrange in the composing-stick: set: as, to compose a thousand ems.
    • compose 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.
    • compose To bring into a composed state; calm; quiet; appease.
    • compose To settle; adjust; reconcile; bring into a proper state or condition: as, to compose differences.
    • compose To place or arrange in proper form; put into a settled state; arrange.
    • compose To dispose; put into a proper mood or temper for any purpose.
    • compose To practise composition, in any of the active senses of that word.
    • compose To come to an agreement; adjust differences; agree.
    • compose 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: French composer Erik Satie holds the record for shortest and longest composition in the world. His piano piece Vexations lasts for just under a minute. However, Satie states in the score that it should be played 840 times in succession a nonstop playing time of 14 hours.
    • v.t Compose kom-pōz′ to form by putting two or more parts or things together: to place in proper order, to put together, to arrange artistically the elements of a landscape for painting: to settle or set at rest: to soothe: to set up or place types in order for printing: to originate or write as author, to set to music
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  • Blaise Pascal
    “The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.”
  • Robert Frost
    “Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.”
  • Aristotle
    “Friendship is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
  • John Andrew Holmes
    John Andrew Holmes
    “It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.”
  • Charles F. Kettering
    “The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. composer,; com-, + poser, to place. The sense is that of L. componere, but the origin is different. See Pose (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. composer, from L. cum, and pausāre, to cease, to rest.


In literature:

The most recent is the Victoria, composed of twelve directors, and other officers.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843" by Various
He also composed a large amount of instrumental music, and was very famous as an organist.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
He replied that he was neither, that he was a composer, or that he at least hoped to become one.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
It varied as greatly as were the moods of the composer.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
A class of worm-like animals, of which the body is composed of a series of rings.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
As the evening wore on Peggy, wearied of the dance, sought a secluded corner of the great room to compose herself.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
The greatest composers have seldom respected the rules.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
The music was composed of two gongs and two large bamboo drums.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
Beethoven, though quite deaf, was still the greatest of living composers.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Everything depended on the manner in which the government decided that the States should be composed, elected, and conducted.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

In poetry:

And in turn we make you ours, we say—-
You and youth too,
Eyes and mouth too,
All the face composed of flowers, we say.
"A Pretty Woman" by Robert Browning
Night! how I love thy silent shades,
My spirits they compose;
The bliss of heaven my soul pervades,
In spite of all my woes.
"Watching Unto God In The Night Season (3)" by William Cowper
From ills that others scape or shirk,
He rarely fails to rally;
For him, his most "composing" work
Is labour of the "galley."
"The Happy Printer" by Henry Austin Dobson
A wondrous pillar marked the road,
Composed of shade and light;
By day it proved a shelt'ring cloud,
A leading fire by night.
"Psalm 78 part 2" by Isaac Watts
How oft my fervent pray'rs arose,
While terror shook my soul,
To him who could the storm compose,
And winds and waves control!
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
There's lashins more
Of things in store,
But thim I don't remimber;
Nor could disclose
Did I compose
From May time to Novimber!
"The Crystal Palace" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

He created a musical high-wire act called "rent-a- composer ," in which he composed instant songs to titles called out by audience members.
0 Composer Johnny Mandel, 86, at his home in Malibu.
Composer , arranger and songwriter Mandel is almost the last of a breed: the well-rounded musical omnivore who can seemingly write for any setting or purpose.
He played a tribute concert to the late composer -arranger.
' Composed ' Quintana earns first MLB win.
Composed salad evolves through centuries.
Locally- Composed Opera At Vestal School.
Composed S-E advances in sectional play.
A fuss-free and delicious composed salad.
When it comes to salads, I'm not big fan of the composed variety.
Evolutionary Psychologists Are Largely Composed of Sexist Men Except.
Jordan Crawford stays composed during career night in Chicago.
Sun composed mostly of iron.
Colby Lewis stays calm and composed .
REVIEWS Jherek Bischoff, ' Composed .

In science:

In particular if the action density is composed only of homogeneous terms then the Einstein equations become trivial.
On the triviality of certain non-Riemannian models of gravitation
The ma jority of electromagnetical interacting particles on this stage compose the electron-positron pairs.
Macroscopic Einstein equations for a system of interacting particles and their cosmological applications
The key statement declares that in some spatial dimensions the oscillator-like systems are dual to the atoms composed of the electrical charged particle and dyon, i.e., monopoles provided by both magnetic and electric charge.
Dyon-Oscillator Duality
The Levi–Civita transformation together with the transformations (10) and the Z2 -reduction compose the duality transformation.
Dyon-Oscillator Duality
Here D is the dimension of the space, H is the matrix D × D with the elements uµ , and x, u are the D-dimensional columns composed from xj , uµ and, possibly, zeroes.
Dyon-Oscillator Duality