Definition of Compose

Com`pose´   Pronunciation: kǒm`pōz´
v. t.1.To form by putting together two or more things or parts; to put together; to make up; to fashion.
[imp. & p. p. Composed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Composing.]
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).
v. i.1.To come to terms.

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Component of force
Compos mentis
Composing frame
Composing rule
Composing stick
Composite carriage
Composite number
Composite sailing
Composite ship
Composition cloth
Composition deed
Composition metal
Composition of forces
Composition of proportion
Composition plane
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