Definitions for: Compose


[v] draw up the plans or basic details for; "frame a policy"
[v] put together out of existing material; "compile a list"
[v] produce a literary work; "She composed a poem"; "He wrote four novels"
[v] write music; "Beethoven composed nine symphonies"
[v] calm (someone, esp. oneself); make quiet; "She had to compose herself before she could reply to this terrible insult"
[v] form the substance of; "Greed and ambition composed his personality"



Webster (1913) Definition: Com*pose", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Composed; p. pr. &
vb. n. Composing.] [F. composer; com- + poser to place. The
sense is that of L. componere, but the origin is different.
See Pose, v. t.]
1. 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. --Bp. Sprat.

2. To form the substance of, or part of the substance of; to
constitute.

Their borrowed gold composed The calf in Oreb.
--Milton.

A few useful things . . . compose their intellectual
possessions. --I. Watts.

3. 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.
--Pope.

The genius that composed such works as the
``Standard'' and ``Last Supper''. --B. R.
Haydon.

4. 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. --Dryden.

How in safety best we may Compose our present evils.
--Milton.

5. 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. --Dryden.

6. (Print.) To arrange (types) in a composing stick in order
for printing; to set (type).


Com*pose", v. i.
To come to terms. [Obs.] --Shak.

Synonyms: compile, draw up, frame, indite, outline, pen, write

See Also: adopt, annotate, anthologise, anthologize, arrange, author, be, calm, calm down, catalog, catalogue, cite, cobble together, cobble up, comprise, constitute, counterpoint, create, create verbally, dash off, draft, dramatise, dramatize, draw, fling off, footnote, harmonise, harmonize, instrument, instrumentate, knock off, lull, lyric, make, make up, melodise, melodize, outline, paragraph, plan, poetise, poetize, profile, quiet, quieten, reference, represent, rewrite, rough, score, script, set, set to music, spell, still, toss off, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize, versify, write about, write copy, write of, write off, write on, write out, write up

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