• WordNet 3.6
    • v decompose separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
    • v decompose break down "The bodies decomposed in the heat"
    • v decompose lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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
    • v. i Decompose To become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot.
    • v. t Decompose To separate the constituent parts of; to resolve into original elements; to set free from previously existing forms of chemical combination; to bring to dissolution; to rot or decay.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It takes a plastic container 50000 years to start decomposing.
    • decompose To separate into its constituent parts; resolve into its original elements; specifically, to reduce (an organic body) to a state of dissolution by a process of natural decay.
    • decompose To become resolved into constituent elements; specifically, to decay; rot; putrefy. Synonyms Decay, Putrefy, etc. See rot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Decompose de-kom-poz′ to separate the parts composing anything: to resolve into original elements
    • v.i Decompose to decay, rot
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. décomposer,. Cf. Discompose


In literature:

They have an abhorrence of anything which is decomposed.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
It had a nasty green look about it, and patches of putrid matter decomposing visibly on its surface.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
It's a kind of decomposed granite.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
A substance which will decompose odors.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
They had lived on roots and bark of trees, they drank the water into which decomposed corpses had been thrown.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1" by Henry Baerlein
Its occasional blackness is due to the decomposed vegetable matter it embodies.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
By this time the husks will have begun to decompose and darken the kernels.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
The odor of food decomposing in the moisture of the tropics did not add to my comfort.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
The current, upon entering the zinc plate, decomposes the water in the electrolyte, thereby forming oxygen.
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Each bit of will and emotion must be decomposed into its finest elements.
"Psychotherapy" by Hugo Münsterberg

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:

The badly decomposed body of 46-year-old Ronald E Sanders was found Sept 24, Officer Pedro Zardeneta said.
Our framework decomposes the problem into two tasks to achieve the goal.
Positive identification was made Tuesday of a decomposed body found Friday in Palmyra Township.
Decomposing vegetation from runoff likely cause.
If you don't already live on rocks, you can re-create a similar effect in your garden by building up well-draining mounds of gravel, rocks, and decomposed granite.
This paper presents a new method for decomposing environments of complex geometry into a navigation mesh represented by bounding geometry and a connectivity graph for real-time agent usage in virtual worlds.
Schmidt said there are two goals in tillage: to fracture the hard pan to a depth of eight to 12 inches so the soil breaks down and roots can penetrate, and to till the stalks and stubble of the last crop down into the soil to decompose.
(AP) — The decomposed body of a woman wearing a wetsuit has washed ashore in western New York and authorities believe she may have drowned while trying to swim to the United States from Canada in 2006.
They recommend leaving the ground beneath uncovered so worms and moisture can help the leaves and other materials decompose.
When we compost , we combine food scraps, yard waste, newspaper, and other materials, and we allow them to decompose into nutrients that enrich the soil.
The bin, funded through, is a place where the students can put waste, such as leaves, dead plants and paper, to decompose and be used as fertilizer.
Police found decomposing bodies inside boat.
A small wooden boat found off the western island of Sado in Japan contained decomposing bodies, according to local police.
Starting today, two power generators that capture methane gas produced from decomposing garbage in the Fredericton landfill are supplying electricity to the NB Power grid.
The type of consistency will determine how fast the mulch decomposes, with the finer coarse mulches decomposing the fastest.

In science:

Thus we can decompose each space into common eigenspaces for the appropriate family of commuting endomorphisms.
Number Operator Algebras
Then each wt can be decomposed as a linear combination of some elements in X ∗A+ modulo V1 .
Number Operator Algebras
This formalism enables us not only to embed the free (or, full) Fock space over L2 (R+ ) in Γ(H), but also decompose Γ(H) into an orthogonal sum of subspaces which are isomorphic to the free Fock space.
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
Moreover, each eF (K) is only one copy of the free Fock space in Γ(K) and it turns out that one can decompose Γ(H) into a countable direct sum of subspaces isomorphic to to the free Fock space and invariant under C .
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
According to Dilworth’s theorem involved here, a partially ordered set P can be decomposed into the union of k chains provided each subset of P with k + 1 elements contains a comparable pair.
Factorization of integers and arithmetic functions