• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Decomposed (Zoöl) Separated or broken up; -- said of the crest of birds when the feathers are divergent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Approximately 18 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills each year. These diapers can takes as long as 500 years to finally decompose
    • decomposed In a state of decomposition.
    • decomposed In ornithology, separated: specifically said of a feather the web of which is decompounded by disconnection of the barbs, or of a bundle of feathers, as those of the crest, which stand or fall apart from one another: used like decompound in botany.
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  • J. P. Donleavy
    J. P. Donleavy
    “When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print.”


In literature:

It will decompose every gaseous compound and evil-smelling gas which escapes from decayed animal or vegetable matter.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
They decompose into some psychic reality, and into some potential will.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
Chemists have tried in a great many ways to decompose them, but all their efforts have failed.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
The ores were very generally decomposed to a depth of about 300 feet.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
If you could decompose the crystal, would you annihilate the soul which organized it?
"The Atlantic Monthly , Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
She had begun now to decompose, and to become, in turn, a plant.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
NEWTON's mode of treating positives, the acid of the alum decomposes the alkali of the hypo.
"Notes and Queries, No. 181, April 16, 1853" by Various
When cultivated for the market, the land is thoroughly ploughed, and well enriched with fine decomposed manure.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
The insoluble lime soap formed is decomposed by sulphuric acid, and the fatty acids steam distilled.
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons
They possessed the property of decomposing light, and in some cases showed all the colours of the spectrum very distinctly.
"The Ocean and its Wonders" by R.M. Ballantyne
They lay in a crumbling leaden case, within a decomposed chest of wood.
"Folklore as an Historical Science" by George Laurence Gomme
A curious custom was that of allowing the dead to decompose in the open air, and of burying the bones only.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The proper motion of a star has to be decomposed into two parts, one real and the other apparent.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Once more there came the sound of hoofs beating the trail of decomposed granite.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
It could not disintegrate them nor decompose their bodies, but the contacts were many and the liberation of heat enormous.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
One hundred grains of water having been decomposed, 85 grs.
"Elements of Chemistry," by Antoine Lavoisier
The half-decomposed body of a man was found, a month later, in the Schuylkill River, and the detectives thought it must be his remains.
"The Missing Tin Box" by Arthur M. Winfield
Something still escapes in the most ingenious fabrication which serves to decompose the materials.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
In what parts of the plant, and under what influence, is carbonic acid decomposed?
"The Elements of Agriculture" by George E. Waring
Where the stones had been cleared away, the soil of decomposed limestone produced a luxuriant growth.
"A Trip to the Orient" by Robert Urie Jacob

In poetry:

Leave now
The shut gate and the decomposing wall:
The gentle serpent, green in the mulberry bush,
Riots with his tongue through the hush—
Sentinel of the grave who counts us all!
"Ode To The Confederate Dead" by Allen Tate

In news:

Collection of Joan and Michael Salke, Mizuma Art Gallery and Diego Cortez Arte, Ltd. Manabu Ikeda's "Existence" (2004) represents the world as a giant, decomposing tree.
When winter temperatures fall, composting materials continue to decompose beneath the surface where it's warmer.
San Clemente has had to divert foot traffic this week off its coastal trail between the Linda Lane and Mariposa beach accesses so a contractor can apply a fresh surface of decomposed granite.
Authorities are trying to identify man whose body was found partially decomposed in the Sevier Dry Lake area west of Delta.
Hydroxyurea is hygroscopic and decomposes in the presence of moisture.
Two workers were killed when a residue treater vessel -- designed to decompose insecticide waste -- exploded during a post-maintenance startup.
Residents cleaning out attic discover decomposed remains.
Young maggots that hatch from the eggs spend about a month boring around inside the flesh of the fruit, causing it to decompose.
To simplify the difficulty of planning in partially observable domains, several researchers have proposed to decompose the task into smaller tasks arranged hierarchically.
Police are investigating after a decomposing body was found Sunday afternoon in the back of a car near the Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center in the city's Eastmont neighborhood.
The Garrard County Coroner said the badly decomposed body of a 47-year old woman was found on her front porch Tuesday afternoon.
Getting volunteers to help carve up the quickly decomposing whale was easy, he told the Tribune, even after being warned.
Yang says many foliar and stem diseases live in soybean residue, but if the residue is buried with tillage, it decomposes and the fungi die.
You've probably gotten the idea that Therese Raquin is no springtime stroll through the park--unless, of course, there's a storm raging overhead and that park happens to be littered with decomposing corpses.
We've all been there: reached for our food in the office refrigerator, only to recoil from the stench from the crammed containers of decomposing food.

In science:

We now show that fertile zones can be decomposed into collections of pseudohexagons (see Figure 19 (a) for a start).
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
The last two relations say that if a ob ject X can be decomposed as X = A ⊗ B , then we can express the unique comonoid structure on X in terms of the comonoid structures on A and B .
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
L|K , is the maximal Galois extension of K which is completely decomposed at S .
On Cebotarev sets
Since [K (µp) : K ] is prime to p, it is sufficient to show the injectivity of the homomorphism H 1(KS |K (µp), µp) −→ YP∈(S \T )(K (µp )) An element of the kernel corresponds to a Galois extension L|K (µp) of degree p which is unramified outside S (K (µp)) and completely decomposed at (S \T )(K (µp)).
On Cebotarev sets
Proposition 3.10 (i) Let p ∈ (PK , TK ) be a prime ideal of K such that p = p ∩ Q is completely decomposed in K .
On Cebotarev sets
Proof: Let p ∈ (PK , TK ) such that p = p ∩ Q is completely decomposed in K and let U be an open neighbourhood of p.
On Cebotarev sets
The prime number p is also completely decomposed in the normal closure N of K |Q.
On Cebotarev sets
Given a module of a Lie algebra g, it is an important and natural question to ask how this module decomposes under restriction of the action to a subalgebra p.
Branching rules of semi-simple Lie algebras using affine extensions
Under this pro jection, the weight system Mi of the representation i ∈ P + of g decomposes into weight systems of representations of p according to PMi = Ma∈ ¯P + a ∈ N0 are called branching coefficients.
Branching rules of semi-simple Lie algebras using affine extensions
NIM-rep properties relies on the fact that the two possibilities of decomposing a module Vi ⊗ Vj of g into modules of p are equivalent (compare corollary 1) and on the associativity of tensor products.
Branching rules of semi-simple Lie algebras using affine extensions
The idea of the embedding is to decompose the two-dimensional random walk (Mn ) into a skeleton simple one-dimensional random walk — the vertica l one (Yn ) —, a sequence of waiting times (ξn), and an embedded one-dimensional random walk with unbounded jumps — the horizontal one (Xn ).
Random walks on randomly oriented lattices
Therefore, V has a subVOA V G such that V decomposes into the direct sum V = V G ⊕ U ⊗ C(−) ⊕ W ⊗ D , where U and W are irreducible V G -modules, see [DM].
VOAs generated by two conformal vectors whose $\tau$-involutions generate $S_3$
It is called decomposable if one can find two permutation matrices P and Q such that P SQ has the above form.
Random unistochastic matrices
All mean zero cylinder functions h can be decomposed as a finite linear combination of cylinder functions of finite degree : C = ∪n≥1Mn .
$(\log t)^{2/3}$ law of the two dimensional asymmetric simple exclusion process
T ¯a + b† b = 1 and aT ¯b = −b† a (where we decomposed the matrix in the obvious way).
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons