The combining of distinct parts or elements to form a whole. The manner in which such parts are combined or related. General makeup: the changing composition of the electorate. The result or product of composing; a mixture or compound. Arrangement of artistic parts so as to form a unified whole. The art or act of composing a musical or literary work. A work of music, literature, or art, or its structure or organization. A short essay, especially one written as an academic exercise. Law A settlement whereby the creditors of a debtor about to enter bankruptcy agree, in return for some financial consideration, usually proffered immediately, to the discharge of their respective claims on receipt of payment which is in a lesser amount than that actually owed on the claim. Linguistics The formation of compounds from separate words. Printing Typesetting.