Definition of Decompose

1. Verb. Separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts.

Exact synonyms: Break Down, Break Up
Category relationships: Chemical Science, Chemistry
Specialized synonyms: Digest, Dissociate, Crack
Generic synonyms: Separate
Derivative terms: Decomposition



2. Verb. Lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current. "The particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"
Exact synonyms: Decay, Disintegrate
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Related verbs: Disintegrate
Derivative terms: Decay, Decay, Disintegration

3. Verb. Break down. "The bodies decomposed in the heat"
Exact synonyms: Molder, Moulder, Rot
Specialized synonyms: Biodegrade, Hang
Generic synonyms: Decay
Derivative terms: Decomposition, Decomposition, Rot, Rot, Rotting

Definition of Decompose

1. v. t. 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.

2. v. i. To become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot.

Definition of Decompose

1. Verb. (transitive) to separate or break down something into its components; to disintegrate or fragment ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) to rot, decay or putrefy ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Decompose

1. [v -POSED, -POSING, -POSES]

Medical Definition of Decompose

1. 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. Origin: Cf. F. Decomposer. Cf. Discompose. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Decompose

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Literary usage of Decompose

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1. Elements of Chemistry ...: Designed for the Use of Schools and Academies by John Lee Comstock (1831)
"Metals which decompose water at a red heat. These are Manganese, Iron, ... The power of a metal to decompose water, depends on its affinity for oxygen. ..."

2. Elements of Chemistry: In which the Recent Discoveries in the Science are by John Lee Comstock (1835)
"Metals which decompose water at a red heat. These are, Manganese, Iron, ... The power of a metal to decompose water, depends on its affinity for oxygen.''. ..."

3. Aluminium: Its History, Occurrence, Properties, Metallurgy and Applications by Joseph William Richards (1896)
"The electro-motive force of carbon burning to carbonic oxide at those temperatures is, however, 0.65 volts, so that the voltage re- required to decompose ..."

4. The Philosophical Magazine (1830)
"POWER OF METALLIC RODS OR WIRES TO decompose WATER AFTER THEIR CONNECTION WITH THE GALVANIC PILE IS BROKEN. In the experiments which I undertook in 1806-7, ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"Temperatures such ae described will decompose the fat, but unless some chemical agent, such as water, lime, soda, or potash, ..."

6. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1869)
"The aqueous solution, when distilled, begins to decompose as soon as it attains a syrupy consistence, giving off sulphurous oxido, benzene, ..."

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