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com·po·si·tion

(kom'pō-zish'ŭn),
chemistry the kinds and numbers of atoms constituting a molecule.
[L. compono, to arrange]

composition

Vox populi
1. That of which a thing is composed or formed. See Base composition.
2. La-la-la-la-la-la etc, á la Mozart.
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This composition was considered to be the very finest effort of the evening.
Having been instructed in the use of the indefinite pronoun "one" as giving a refined and elegant touch to literary efforts, Rebecca painstakingly rewrote her composition on solitude, giving it all the benefit of Miss Dearborn's suggestion.
Yes, I don't like a cow in a composition," said the difficult Miss Dearborn.
The public are, in general, very ready to adopt the opinion, that he who has pleased them in one peculiar mode of composition, is, by means of that very talent, rendered incapable of venturing upon other subjects.
It may often happen on the stage, that an actor, by possessing in a preeminent degree the external qualities necessary to give effect to comedy, may be deprived of the right to aspire to tragic excellence; and in painting or literary composition, an artist or poet may be master exclusively of modes of thought, and powers of expression, which confine him to a single course of subjects.
To this, as to an Introduction, the reader is referred, as expressing author's purpose and opinions in undertaking this species of composition, under the necessary reservation, that he is far from thinking he has attained the point at which he aimed.
Ivanhoe was highly successful upon its appearance, and may be said to have procured for its author the freedom of the Rules, since he has ever since been permitted to exercise his powers of fictitious composition in England, as well as Scotland.
In this, I respectfully contend, I have in no respect exceeded the fair license due to the author of a fictitious composition.
It follows, therefore, that of the materials which an author has to use in a romance, or fictitious composition, such as I have ventured to attempt, he will find that a great proportion, both of language and manners, is as proper to the present time as to those in which he has laid his time of action.
But in reality the same situation must have the same effect, in the primative composition at least of the federal House of Representatives: an improper bias towards the mercantile class is as little to be expected from this quarter as from the other.
There is a wonderful "go" to the whole composition.
Since the Enterprise Bankruptcy Law of China [hereafter the 2006 EBL] took effect compositions thereunder have faced both academic and practical crises.