Hypertext Webster Gateway: "composed"

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

Their borrowed gold composed The calf in Oreb.

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.

The genius that composed such works as the
``Standard'' and ``Last Supper''. --B. R.

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.

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)

Composed \Com*posed"\, a.
Free from agitation; calm; sedate; quiet; tranquil;

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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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}]

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