Composing
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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  • Composing — Com*pos ing, a. 1. Tending to compose or soothe. [1913 Webster] 2. Pertaining to, or used in, composition. [1913 Webster] {Composing frame} (Print.), a stand for holding cases of type when in use. {Composing rule} (Print.), a thin slip of brass… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Composing — may refer to: Composition (language), in literature, oratory, and rhetoric, producing a work of spoken tradition or written literature Writing process, producing a written work Dance composition, the practice and teaching of choreography and the… …   Wikipedia

  • composing — com·pos·ing || kÉ™m pəʊzɪŋ n. act of writing musical pieces com·pose || kÉ™m pəʊz v. create, write; arrange; calm oneself; settle …   English contemporary dictionary

  • composing — noun 1. the spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole (Freq. 1) harmonious composition is essential in a serious work of art • Syn: ↑composition • Hypernyms: ↑placement, ↑arrangement 2.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Composing frame — Composing Com*pos ing, a. 1. Tending to compose or soothe. [1913 Webster] 2. Pertaining to, or used in, composition. [1913 Webster] {Composing frame} (Print.), a stand for holding cases of type when in use. {Composing rule} (Print.), a thin slip… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Composing rule — Composing Com*pos ing, a. 1. Tending to compose or soothe. [1913 Webster] 2. Pertaining to, or used in, composition. [1913 Webster] {Composing frame} (Print.), a stand for holding cases of type when in use. {Composing rule} (Print.), a thin slip… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Composing stick — Composing Com*pos ing, a. 1. Tending to compose or soothe. [1913 Webster] 2. Pertaining to, or used in, composition. [1913 Webster] {Composing frame} (Print.), a stand for holding cases of type when in use. {Composing rule} (Print.), a thin slip… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • composing room — n. a room in which typesetting is done …   English World dictionary

  • composing stick — n. a hand held adjustable metal tray in which a compositor sets type into words …   English World dictionary

  • Composing stick — A composing stick loaded with metal movable type, lying on a lower case with larger boxes for more common minuscule letters: the upper case holds capital letters. In letterpress printing and typesetting, a composing stick is an instrument used to …   Wikipedia

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