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  • v. Present participle of compose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to compose or soothe.
  • adj. Pertaining to, or used in, composition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole
  • n. musical creation


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  • I heard John Harbison, who in addition to his composing, is president of the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, tell this story: the Fund got a call from the Bush inaugural committee, who wanted to do an arrangement of "Fanfare for the Common Man" for heraldic trumpets (you know, the kind you always see in movies about the Roman Empire — hmmm).

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  • In this Garret, amid six or seven other workmen, his active Mind employed itself in composing the Farmer's Boy.

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  • You are not the first who has noticed the Omission of the Hay-making: the best excuse I have to offer is, that in composing the Poem I was determined that what I said on farming should be EXPERIMENTALLY true.

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  • [1] Believe me, dear Mother that the inexpressable pleasure I feel in composing these tales and Ballads; and the honest pride of haveing proved; (against the imperious and unnatural opinions of some of the learned,) that a poor man may possess qualities which they are forced to admire, will allways be equal to any temporary vexations which are likely to fall to my lot.

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  • Fundamentally, placing objects is the most basic step in composing, the effort to achieve rhythm, balance and emphasis.

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  • Playing with the camera angle simply to make the deer, or fish, look bigger is pretty lame - but I do like to see photos where the photographer shows some creativity in composing the photo.

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  • Such a conception of fiction as ahandycollection of pre-approved devices doesn't much encourage departures from standard practice or questioning of the place of these devices in composing works of fiction.

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  • Both of these books, then, are compelling up to a point, but at that point essentially retreat into overly familiar exercises in composing a "life story."

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  • But as the Washington Post reports, there are now businesses specializing in composing e-mails for men who use online dating websites:

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  • Another site, lingo2word. com offers a translator to assist cell phone owners in composing a text message or to translate a text message they receive into plain English.

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