Composition may refer to:

  • Composition (logical fallacy), in which one assumes that a whole has a property solely because its various parts have that property
  • Compounding is also known as composition in linguistic literature
  • in law
    • Composition, an agreement or compromise by which a creditor or group of creditors accepts partial payment from a debtor
  • in computer science
    • Object composition, combining simpler data types into more complex data types, or function calls into calling functions
    • Function composition (computer science), an act or mechanism to combine simple functions to build more complicated ones
    • Compositing window manager a component of a computer's graphical user interface that draws windows and/or their borders
  • in mathematics
    • Composition (number theory), a way of writing a positive integer as a sum of positive integers
    • Function composition, an operation that takes functions and gives a single function as the result
    • Relation composition, an operation that takes relations and gives a single relation as the result
    • A law of composition, usually called a binary function
  • in the arts
    • Composition (visual arts), the plan, placement or arrangement of the elements of art in a work
    • Composition roller, cast from a hide glue and molasses used in brayers and inking rollers for letterpress and other relief printing
    • Composition (language), in literature, oratory, and rhetoric, producing a work of spoken tradition or written literature
    • Musical composition, an original piece of music and its creation
    • Composition studies, the professional field of writing instruction
    • Dance composition, practice and teaching of choreography
    • Digital compositing, the practice of digitally piecing together a video
    • Composition doll, a doll made of a wood based composite material
  • in chemistry
    • Compositional information, which is different than sequential information. See Gard model.
  • in nutrition science
    • Food composition

Famous quotes containing the word composition:

    Pushkin’s composition is first of all and above all a phenomenon of style, and it is from this flowered rim that I have surveyed its seep of Arcadian country, the serpentine gleam of its imported brooks, the miniature blizzards imprisoned in round crystal, and the many-hued levels of literary parody blending in the melting distance.
    Vladimir Nabokov (1899–1977)

    The proposed Constitution ... is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal constitution; but a composition of both.
    James Madison (1751–1836)

    Give a scientist a problem and he will probably provide a solution; historians and sociologists, by contrast, can offer only opinions. Ask a dozen chemists the composition of an organic compound such as methane, and within a short time all twelve will have come up with the same solution of CH4. Ask, however, a dozen economists or sociologists to provide policies to reduce unemployment or the level of crime and twelve widely differing opinions are likely to be offered.
    Derek Gjertsen, British scientist, author. Science and Philosophy: Past and Present, ch. 3, Penguin (1989)