Dictionary: COM'PLOT – COM-POS'ED

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COM'PLOT, n. [French, of con or com and plot.]

A plotting together; a joint plot; a plot; a confederacy in some evil design; a conspiracy. I know their complot is to have my life. – Shak.

COM-PLOT', v.t.

To plot together; to conspire; to form a plot; to join in a secret design, generally criminal. We find them complotting together, and contriving a new scene of miseries to the Trojans. Pope.


A plotting together; conspiracy. – King.


Plotted together; contrived.


One joined in a plot; a conspirator. – Dryden.


Plotting together; conspiring; contriving an evil design or crime.


By complotting.


The Complutensian copy of the Bible is that of Complutum or Alcala de Henares, first published in 1575, by Cardinal Ximenes in Spain.

COM-PLY', v.i. [pret. Complied. The Italian compiacere, to humor, to comply, is the Latin complaceo, Fr. complaire. The Sp. cumplir is from compleo, for it is rendered to discharge one's duty, to provide or supply, to reach one's birthday, to fulfill one's promise, to be fit or convenient, to suffice. The Portuguese changes l into r; comprir, to fulfill, to perform; hence, comprimento, a complement, and a compliment. Comply seems to be from the Spanish cumplir, or L. compleo; formed like supply, from suppleo, yet in some of its uses, the sense is deducible from the root of L. plico. See Apply and Ply. It is followed by with.]

  1. To comply with, to fulfill; to perfect or carry into effect; to complete; to perform or execute; as, to comply with a promise, with an award, with a command, with an order. So to comply with one's expectations or wishes, is to fulfill them, or complete them.
  2. To yield to; to be obsequious; to accord; to suit; followed by with; as, to comply with a man's humor. The truth of things will not comply with our conceits. – Tillotson.

COM-PLY'ING, ppr. [with]

Fulfilling; performing; yielding to.


In heraldry, a bordure or compone is that formed or composed of a row of angular parts or checkers of two colors.

COM-PONE', v.t.

To compose; to settle. [Obs.] See Compose.

COM'PO-NENT, a. [L. componens, compono; con and pono, to place.]

Literally, setting or placing together: hence, composing; constituting; forming a compound; as, the component parts of a plant or fossil substance; the component parts of a society.


A constituent part. – Digby.


Behavior; conduct; manner of acting. I knew them well, and marked their rude comport. – Dryden. This word is rarely or never used, but may be admissible in poetry. We now use deportment. The accent, since Shakspeare's time, has been transferred to the first syllable.

COM-PORT', v.i. [L. comportare; Fr. comporter; Sp. and Port. comportar; con and L. porto, to bear. See Bear. It is followed by with.]

To comport with, literally, to bear to or with; to carry together. Hence, to agree with; to suit; to accord; as, to consider how far our charity may comport with our prudence. His behavior does not comport with his station.

COM-PORT', v.t.

  1. With the reciprocal pronoun, to behave; to conduct. It is curious to observe how lord Somers … comported himself on that occasion. – Burke. [Little used.]
  2. To bear; to endure; as in French, Spanish and Italian. [Not used.] – Daniel.


Suitable; consistent. We cast the rules of this art into some comportable method. – Wotton.


Behavior; deportment. [Obs.] – Spenser.


An assemblage. [Not used.] – Bp. Richardson.


Behaved; suited.


Behaving; suiting.


Behavior; demeanor; manner of acting. [Not now used.] – Hale. Addison.

COM-POSE', v.t. [s as z. Fr. composer; Arm. composi; from the participle of the L. compono, compositus; con and pono, positus, to set, put or lay, Fr. poser, and in a different dialect. Eng. to put; Sp. componer; It. comporre. Literally, to place or set together. Hence,]

  1. To form a compound, or one entire body or thing, by uniting two or more things, parts, or individuals; as, to compose an army of raw soldiers; the parliament of Great Britain is composed of two houses, lords and commons; the senate of the United States is composed of two senators from each State. Zeal ought to be composed of the highest degrees of all pious affections. – Spratt.
  2. To invent and put together words and sentences; to make, as a discourse or writing; to write, as an author; as, to compose a sermon, or a book.
  3. To constitute, or form, as parts of a whole; as, letters compose syllables, syllables compose words, words compose sentences. A few useful things, confounded with many trifles, fill their memories, and compose their intellectual possessions. – Watts.
  4. To calm; to quiet; to appease; to tranquilize; that is, to set or lay; as, to compose passions, fears, disorders, or whatever is agitated or excited.
  5. To settle; to adjust; as, to compose differences.
  6. To place in proper form, or in a quiet state. In a peaceful grave my corpse compose. – Dryden.
  7. To settle into a quiet state. The sea composes itself to a level surface. It requires about two days to compose it after a gale. – W.
  8. To dispose; to put in a proper state for any purpose. The army seemed well composed to obtain that by their swords which they could not by their pen. – Clarendon.
  9. In printing, to set types or characters in a composing stick, from a copy, arranging the letters in the proper order.
  10. In music, to form a tune or piece of music with notes, arranging them on the staff in such a manner as when sung to produce harmony.


  1. Set together, or in due order; formed; constituted; calmed; quieted; settled; adjusted.
  2. adj. Calm; sedate; quiet; tranquil; free from agitation. The Mantuan there in sober triumph sat, / Composed his posture, and his look sedate. – Pope.