Compose
Compose Com*pose" (k[o^]m*p[=o]z"), 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. [1913 Webster]

Zeal ought to be composed of the highest degrees of all pious affection. --Bp. Sprat. [1913 Webster]

2. To form the substance of, or part of the substance of; to constitute. [1913 Webster]

Their borrowed gold composed The calf in Oreb. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

A few useful things . . . compose their intellectual possessions. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Let me compose Something in verse as well as prose. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The genius that composed such works as the ``Standard'' and ``Last Supper''. --B. R. Haydon. [1913 Webster]

4. To dispose in proper form; to reduce to order; to put in proper state or condition; to adjust; to regulate. [1913 Webster]

In a peaceful grave my corpse compose. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

How in safety best we may Compose our present evils. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. To free from agitation or disturbance; to tranquilize; to soothe; to calm; to quiet. [1913 Webster]

Compose thy mind; Nor frauds are here contrived, nor force designed. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

6. (Print.) To arrange (types) in a composing stick in order for printing; to set (type). [1913 Webster]


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  • composé — composé, ée [ kɔ̃poze ] adj. et n. m. • 1596 gramm.; de composer 1 ♦ Formé de plusieurs éléments. ⇒ complexe. Salade composée : dans la restauration, salade où entrent divers ingrédients (salade verte, tomates, noix, crevettes, etc.). Bot.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • composé — composé, ée 1. (kon pô zé, zée) part. passé. 1°   Qui est formé de plusieurs parties. La nature ne nous offre guère que des corps composés. L organisation des animaux est la plus parfaite et la plus composée. •   Ainsi de toute femme.... Soit… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • composé — Composé, [compos]ée. part. Il a les significations de son verbe. On dit, qu Un mot est compose, pour dire, qu Il est formé de deux ou plusieurs mots joints ensemble. Ainsi Passetemps, entreprendre, justaucorps sont des mots composez. On dit, qu… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • composé — COMPOSÉ. s. m. Un tout formé de plusieurs choses ou de plusieurs parties. L homme considéré physiquement, est un composé de corps et d âme. Le corps humain est un composé de différentes parties. Le Gouvernement d Angleterre est un composé de… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • compose — [v1] be part of construction be an adjunct, be an element of, belong to, be made of, build, compound, comprise, consist of, constitute, construct, enter in, fashion, form, go into, make, make up, merge in; concepts 168,642 Ant. destroy,… …   New thesaurus

  • compose — [kəm pōz′] vt. composed, composing [ME composen < OFr composer < com , with + poser, to place; meaning infl. by L componere: see COMPOSITE] 1. to form in combination; make up; constitute [mortar is composed of lime, sand, and water] 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • Compose — Com*pose , v. i. To come to terms. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Composé — (franz., spr. kong , ital. composto), zusammengesetzt; komponiert (von Musikstücken) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • compose — I verb accomplish, achieve, actualize, arrange, author, be responsible, be the agent, be the cause of, be the reason, bring about, bring into being, bring into effect, bring into existence, build, call into being, call into existence, carry into… …   Law dictionary

  • compose — англ. [кэмпо/уз] composer фр. [композэ/] сочинять ◊ composer англ. [кэмпо/узэ] compositeur фр. [композитэр] compositore ит. [композито/рэ] …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

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