pon-, posit-, pos-, -poning, -poned, -ponency, -ponent, -ponement, -pound
(Latin: to place, to put, to set; placement, positioning)
2. Relating to the family of dicotyledonous herbs, shrubs, and trees which are characterized by dense flower heads that look like a single blossom: Holly thought the florist had several examples of bushes which would look great in her garden; especially, given their compositely colorful blossoms.
3. A description of something combining the typical or essential characteristics of individuals making up a group: The makeup of the crowd was definitely a compositely diverse one.
2. A conceptual whole made up of complex sections: The three-act play was a good example of the compositeness of the written word which was complicated but related.
The composition of the apartment building is diverse, including residents from many walks of life.
In the art lecture, the instructor, Mr. Straight, described parts of a visual image of an artist's composition of a group portrait.2. The spatial property resulting from the arrangement of segments in relation to each other and to the whole: The art students were studying the three dimensional compositions in many of the famous artist’s abstract works that were on display at the local gallery.
3. The act or process of combining things or ingredients to form a unified whole: What is the composition of this delicious cake recipe?
4. The act or process of creating something; such as, a piece of music or writing: The teacher graded Mary's composition, "Flowers in My Garden", and gave her a good grade for her efforts.
5. The formation of larger words made up of smaller separate words: The term "wordsmith" is a composition made from two separate words, "word" and "smith".
6. The setting of type in preparation for printing: During his newspaper career, the editor, Mr. Jackson, became an expert in the composition of eye catching headlines.
2. A combination or blending: Farmer Jim wants to avoid using chemical compost and to keep using organic compost for his crops.
The Nelsons have been composting vegetation for natural farming for many years.
2. Steadiness of mind under stress: Celia's father accepted her problems with composure and her mother also reacted with equanimity.
3. Calm and steady control over the emotions: As a social worker, it takes strong composure to listen to the information that clients provide about their hazardous lives.
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2. Composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole group or a colony: The artists, including painters, potters, and glass blowers, lived in a compound and marketed their products under one brand name.
3. An enclosed area used for confining prisoners of war: There was great rejoicing in the community when the local prison compound was closed.
4. Consisting of two or more substances, ingredients, elements, or parts: The druggist, Mr. Evans, mixed a special compound for Anita's cough.
Many chemists utilize various kinds of compounds that consist of some other compound or compounds.
2. Someone who attempts to bring people to terms of agreement: Mr. Lawson, the president of the company, served as the compounder at the settlement conference with the labor union.
2. An opposition, a contrast, or antithesis: Attorney Younge's argument for the ongoing imprisonment of the youth was in contraposition to that of the judge in the court.
2. To offer or to place in opposition, response, or contrast: Jane's argument was counterposing that of the rest of the panel.
3. To constitute a counterweight or counterbalance to someone or something: The presence of the school principal, Mr. Pyott, counterposed the input from community leaders.
2. To break down organic matter from a complex to a simpler form, mainly through the action of fungi and bacteria, or to be broken down in this way: Once Jack places vegetation in the compost pile, it starts to decompose and to decay.
3. To break something down into smaller or simpler fragments: The organic waste in the composter will decompose over the winter and be mixed into the garden in the spring.
2. The separation into constituent parts during the dissolution of the removal or alteration of some of the ingredients of a compound: The university students, Becky and Brenda, were researching the decomposition of woods, rocks, and other natural elements. 3. The act of or result of the decaying process of matter: The new composter in the garden really facilitated the decomposition of all the vegetable materials put into it.
4. The biological breakdown or decay of natural substance: In the biology laboratory, Doug, Gary and Ray studied the decomposition rates of various living ingredients.
2. Consisting of things or parts that are already combinations of two or more elements or sections: The complex decompound sentence consisted of several short sentences, linked by the word "and".
2. To give evidence or to testify under oath, either in a written or a verbal form: Because Celia, the witness, was ill, she was allowed to depone her confirmation in a sworn affidavit.