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compose
used in Atlas Shrugged

2 meanings, 16 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
compose a poem
Definition
to write or create something with care — especially music or a literary work, but could be other things as diverse as a plan or a letter
  • He was a composer who wrote old-fashioned scores for motion pictures, and modern symphonies for sparse audiences.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (21% in)

There are no more uses of "compose" flagged with this meaning in Atlas Shrugged.

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2  —4 uses as in:
keep your composure
Definition
to calm someone or settle something
  • There was neither mockery nor self-pity in Francisco's face; the fine, sculptured planes and the clear, blue eyes held a quiet composure, the face was open, offered to any blow, unflinching.
    1.6 Part 1 Chapter 6 — The Non-Commercial (59% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her composure returned, with the faint suggestion of a smile of secret mockery.
    2.5 Part 2 Chapter 5 — Account Overdrawn (99% in)
  • He was looking at a blank face that seemed composed, but the composure became disquieting when one noticed that it lasted for minute after minute, with no change of expression, no sign of feeling.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (68% in)
  • He looked as if his perceptive eyes were studying the men outside this room, the men who were seeing him across the country; one could not tell whether he was listening: no reaction altered the composure of his face.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (96% in)

There are no more uses of "compose" flagged with this meaning in Atlas Shrugged.

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  • Cherryl's face was composed and unsmiling.
    3.4 Part 3 Chapter 4 — Anti-Life (53% in)
  • They said its chemical composition is unsound, it's brittle, it's decomposing molecularly, and it will crack suddenly, without warning ...."
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (20% in)
  • The white marble of the walls gave it a classical grandeur; the composition of its rectangular masses gave it the cleanliness and beauty of a modern plant.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (42% in)
  • Her face was composed and empty.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (52% in)
  • ..."in a surprise move," said the paper, "and in the name of the national emergency," had issued a set of directives, which were strung in a column down the page: The railroads of the country were ordered to reduce the maximum speed of all trains to sixty miles per hour-to reduce the maximum length of all trains to sixty cars-and to run the same number of trains in every state of a zone composed of five neighboring states, the country being divided into such zones for the purpose.
    1.10 Part 1 Chapter 10 — Wyatt's Torch (94% in)
  • ...was not the face she had seen in the courtroom, it was not the face she had known for years as a countenance of unchanging, unfeeling rigidity-it was a face which a young man of twenty should hope for, but could not achieve, a face from which every sign of strain had been wiped out, so that the lined cheeks, the creased forehead, the graying hair-like elements rearranged by a new theme-were made to form a composition of hope, eagerness and guiltless serenity: the theme was deliverance.
    2.3 Part 2 Chapter 3 — White Blackmail (54% in)
  • In any group of three, his person became indistinguishable, and when seen alone it seemed to evoke a group of its own, composed of the countless persons he resembled.
    2.6 Part 2 Chapter 6 — Miracle Metal (2% in)
  • But he knew that Francisco was facing him as no one else did these days-he saw the eyes held straight to meet his, the features composed, without emotion, without defense or appeal, set to endure whatever was coming-he saw the open, unprotected look of courage-this was the face of the man he had loved, the man who had set him free of guilt-and he found himself fighting against the knowledge that this face still held him, above all else, above his month of impatience for the sight of...
    2.9 Part 2 Chapter 9 — The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt (29% in)
  • He had glanced up at her; she had stood in the doorway, her face composed, her hair smooth, her posture relaxed and confident —she had looked as she would have looked on the threshold of her office in the Taggart Building, but for the slight angle of her body leaning on a cane.
    3.1 Part 3 Chapter 1 — Atlantis (63% in)
  • He was seeing a finely sculptured face held composed under the lashing of his insults, he was hearing a voice that had said to him quietly, here, in this room: "It is against the sin of forgiveness that I wanted to warn you."
    3.6 Part 3 Chapter 6 — The Concerto of Deliverance (27% in)
  • He was looking at a blank face that seemed composed, but the composure became disquieting when one noticed that it lasted for minute after minute, with no change of expression, no sign of feeling.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (68% in)

There are no more uses of "compose" in Atlas Shrugged.

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