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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Compose  \Com*pose"\,  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. 
 
  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). 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Compose  \Com*pose"\,  v.  i. 
  To  come  to  terms.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  compose 
  v  1:  form  the  substance  of  "Greed  and  ambition  composed  his 
  personality 
  2:  write  music;  "Beethoven  composed  nine  symphonies"  [syn:  {write}] 
  3:  produce  a  literary  work  "She  composed  a  poem";  "He  wrote 
  four  novels"  [syn:  {write},  {pen},  {indite}] 
  4:  put  together  out  of  existing  material;  "compile  a  list" 
  [syn:  {compile}] 
  5:  calm  (someone,  esp.  oneself);  make  quiet;  "She  had  to 
  compose  herself  before  she  could  reply  to  this  terrible 
  insult" 
  6:  draw  up  the  plans  or  basic  details  for  "frame  a  policy" 
  [syn:  {frame},  {outline},  {draw  up}] 




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