Composure Com*po"sure, n. [From {Compose}.] 1. The act of composing, or that which is composed; a composition. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Signor Pietro, who had an admirable way both of composure [in music] and teaching. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

2. Orderly adjustment; disposition. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Various composures and combinations of these corpuscles. --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

3. Frame; make; temperament. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

His composure must be rare indeed Whom these things can not blemish. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A settled state; calmness; sedateness; tranquillity; repose. ``We seek peace and composure.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

When the passions . . . are all silent, the mind enjoys its most perfect composure. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

5. A combination; a union; a bond. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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