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Composition \Com`po*si"tion\, n. [F. composition, fr. L.
   compositio. See Composite.]
   1. The act or art of composing, or forming a whole or
      integral, by placing together and uniting different
      things, parts, or ingredients. In specific uses:
      (a) The invention or combination of the parts of any
          literary work or discourse, or of a work of art; as,
          the composition of a poem or a piece of music. "The
          constant habit of elaborate composition." --Macaulay.
      (b) (Fine Arts) The art or practice of so combining the
          different parts of a work of art as to produce a
          harmonious whole; also, a work of art considered as
          such. See 4, below.
      (c) The act of writing for practice in a language, as
          English, Latin, German, etc.
      (d) (Print.) The setting up of type and arranging it for
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   2. The state of being put together or composed; conjunction;
      combination; adjustment.
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            View them in composition with other things. --I.
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            The elementary composition of bodies. --Whewell.
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   3. A mass or body formed by combining two or more substances;
      as, a chemical composition.
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            A composition that looks . . . like marble.
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   4. A literary, musical, or artistic production, especially
      one showing study and care in arrangement; -- often used
      of an elementary essay or translation done as an
      educational exercise.
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   5. Consistency; accord; congruity. [Obs.]
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            There is no composition in these news
            That gives them credit.               --Shak.
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   6. Mutual agreement to terms or conditions for the settlement
      of a difference or controversy; also, the terms or
      conditions of settlement; agreement.
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            Thus we are agreed:
            I crave our composition may be written. --Shak.
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   7. (Law) The adjustment of a debt, or avoidance of an
      obligation, by some form of compensation agreed on between
      the parties; also, the sum or amount of compensation
      agreed upon in the adjustment.
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            Compositions for not taking the order of knighthood.
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            Cleared by composition with their creditors.
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   8. Synthesis as opposed to analysis.
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            The investigation of difficult things by the method
            of analysis ought ever to precede the method of
            composition.                          --Sir I.
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   Composition cloth, a kind of cloth covered with a
      preparation making it waterproof.

   Composition deed, an agreement for composition between a
      debtor and several creditors.

   Composition plane (Crystallog.), the plane by which the two
      individuals of a twin crystal are united in their reserved

   Composition of forces (Mech.), the finding of a single
      force (called the resultant) which shall be equal in
      effect to two or more given forces (called the components)
      when acting in given directions. --Herbert.

   Composition metal, an alloy resembling brass, which is
      sometimes used instead of copper for sheathing vessels; --
      also called Muntz metal and yellow metal.

   Composition of proportion (Math.), an arrangement of four
      proportionals so that the sum of the first and second is
      to the second as the sum of the third and fourth to the
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Yellow \Yel"low\ (y[e^]l"l[-o]), a. [Compar. Yellower
   (y[e^]l"l[-o]*[~e]r); superl. Yellowest.] [OE. yelow,
   yelwe, [yogh]elow, [yogh]eoluw, from AS. geolu; akin to D.
   geel, OS. & OHG. gelo, G. gelb, Icel. gulr, Sw. gul, Dan.
   guul, L. helvus light bay, Gr. chlo`n young verdure, chlwro`s
   greenish yellow, Skr. hari tawny, yellowish. [root]49. Cf.
   Chlorine, Gall a bitter liquid, Gold, Yolk.]
   1. Being of a bright saffronlike color; of the color of gold
      or brass; having the hue of that part of the rainbow, or
      of the solar spectrum, which is between the orange and the
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            Her yellow hair was browded [braided] in a tress.
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            A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought
            First fruits, the green ear and the yellow sheaf.
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            The line of yellow light dies fast away. --Keble.
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   2. Cowardly; hence, dishonorable; mean; contemptible; as, he
      has a yellow streak. [Slang]
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   3. Sensational; -- said of some newspapers, their makers,
      etc.; as, yellow journal, journalism, etc. [Colloq.]
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   Yellow atrophy (Med.), a fatal affection of the liver, in
      which it undergoes fatty degeneration, and becomes rapidly
      smaller and of a deep yellow tinge. The marked symptoms
      are black vomit, delirium, convulsions, coma, and

   Yellow bark, calisaya bark.

   Yellow bass (Zool.), a North American fresh-water bass
      (Morone interrupta) native of the lower parts of the
      Mississippi and its tributaries. It is yellow, with
      several more or less broken black stripes or bars. Called
      also barfish.

   Yellow berry. (Bot.) Same as Persian berry, under

   Yellow boy, a gold coin, as a guinea. [Slang] --Arbuthnot.

   Yellow brier. (Bot.) See under Brier.

   Yellow bugle (Bot.), a European labiate plant ({Ajuga

   Yellow bunting (Zool.), the European yellow-hammer.

   Yellow cat (Zool.), a yellow catfish; especially, the

   Yellow copperas (Min.), a hydrous sulphate of iron; --
      called also copiapite.

   Yellow copper ore, a sulphide of copper and iron; copper
      pyrites. See Chalcopyrite.

   Yellow cress (Bot.), a yellow-flowered, cruciferous plant
      (Barbarea praecox), sometimes grown as a salad plant.

   Yellow dock. (Bot.) See the Note under Dock.

   Yellow earth, a yellowish clay, colored by iron, sometimes
      used as a yellow pigment.

   Yellow fever (Med.), a malignant, contagious, febrile
      disease of warm climates, attended with jaundice,
      producing a yellow color of the skin, and with the black
      vomit. See Black vomit, in the Vocabulary.

   Yellow flag, the quarantine flag. See under Quarantine,
      and 3d Flag.

   Yellow jack.
      (a) The yellow fever. See under 2d Jack.
      (b) The quarantine flag. See under Quarantine.

   Yellow jacket (Zool.), any one of several species of
      American social wasps of the genus Vespa, in which the
      color of the body is partly bright yellow. These wasps are
      noted for their irritability, and for their painful

   Yellow lead ore (Min.), wulfenite.

   Yellow lemur (Zool.), the kinkajou.

   Yellow macauco (Zool.), the kinkajou.

   Yellow mackerel (Zool.), the jurel.

   Yellow metal. Same as Muntz metal, under Metal.

   Yellow ocher (Min.), an impure, earthy variety of brown
      iron ore, which is used as a pigment.

   Yellow oxeye (Bot.), a yellow-flowered plant
      (Chrysanthemum segetum) closely related to the oxeye

   Yellow perch (Zool.), the common American perch. See

   Yellow pike (Zool.), the wall-eye.

   Yellow pine (Bot.), any of several kinds of pine; also,
      their yellowish and generally durable timber. Among the
      most common are valuable species are Pinus mitis and
      Pinus palustris of the Eastern and Southern States, and
      Pinus ponderosa and Pinus Arizonica of the Rocky
      Mountains and Pacific States.

   Yellow plover (Zool.), the golden plover.

   Yellow precipitate (Med. Chem.), an oxide of mercury which
      is thrown down as an amorphous yellow powder on adding
      corrosive sublimate to limewater.

   Yellow puccoon. (Bot.) Same as Orangeroot.

   Yellow rail (Zool.), a small American rail ({Porzana
      Noveboracensis}) in which the lower parts are dull yellow,
      darkest on the breast. The back is streaked with brownish
      yellow and with black, and spotted with white. Called also
      yellow crake.

   Yellow rattle, Yellow rocket. (Bot.) See under Rattle,
      and Rocket.

   Yellow Sally (Zool.), a greenish or yellowish European
      stone fly of the genus Chloroperla; -- so called by

   Yellow sculpin (Zool.), the dragonet.

   Yellow snake (Zool.), a West Indian boa ({Chilobothrus
      inornatus}) common in Jamaica. It becomes from eight to
      ten long. The body is yellowish or yellowish green, mixed
      with black, and anteriorly with black lines.

   Yellow spot.
      (a) (Anat.) A small yellowish spot with a central pit, the
          fovea centralis, in the center of the retina where
          vision is most accurate. See Eye.
      (b) (Zool.) A small American butterfly (Polites Peckius)
          of the Skipper family. Its wings are brownish, with a
          large, irregular, bright yellow spot on each of the
          hind wings, most conspicuous beneath. Called also
          Peck's skipper. See Illust. under Skipper, n., 5.

   Yellow tit (Zool.), any one of several species of crested
      titmice of the genus Machlolophus, native of India. The
      predominating colors of the plumage are yellow and green.

   Yellow viper (Zool.), the fer-de-lance.

   Yellow warbler (Zool.), any one of several species of
      American warblers of the genus Dendroica in which the
      predominant color is yellow, especially {Dendroica
      aestiva}, which is a very abundant and familiar species;
      -- called also garden warbler, golden warbler, {summer
      yellowbird}, summer warbler, and yellow-poll warbler.

   Yellow wash (Pharm.), yellow oxide of mercury suspended in
      water, -- a mixture prepared by adding corrosive sublimate
      to limewater.

   Yellow wren (Zool.)
      (a) The European willow warbler.
      (b) The European wood warbler.
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