Com·pose v. t. [imp. & p. p. Composed p. pr. & vb. n. Composing.]
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).
Com·posed a. Free from agitation; calm; sedate; quiet; tranquil; self-possessed.
The Mantuan there in sober triumph sate,
Composed his posture, and his look sedate. --Pope.
-- Com*pos*ed*ly adv. -- Com*pos*ed*ness, n.
adj 1: made up of individual elements; "if perception is seen as
composed of isolated sense data..."
2: serenely self-possessed and free from agitation especially
in times of stress; "the performer seemed completely
composed as she stepped onto the stage"; "I felt calm and
more composed than I had in a long time" [ant: discomposed]