What does the word compose mean?

Usage examples for compose

  1. I do not know that General Branch is present with his brigade, but I do know that the troops at Hanover compose Branch's brigade. – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  2. I'm telling the t- truth, Speug, and I never tell lies, but sometimes I compose t- tales. – Young Barbarians by Ian Maclaren