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Definitions of decompose

  1. separate into constituent elements or parts, as of chemical substances Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; as of particles in nuclear fission Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. break down; "The bodies decomposed in the heat" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To separate into elementary parts; cause to decay or rot. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To become separated into parts; to rot. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To resolve or separate into elements. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. To separate into constituent parts; decay; putrefy. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. To separate the constituent parts of a body or substance; to resolve into original elements. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. To become decomposed. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. To separate the constituent parts of a body; to rot or decay; to resolve into original elements. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. de-kom-poz', v.t. to separate the parts composing anything: to resolve into original elements.--v.i. to decay, rot.--adj. DECOMPOS'ABLE.--n. DECOMPOSI'TION, act of decomposing: decay or dissolution: also the compounding of things already compound. [L. de, neg., and compose.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Separate into its elements (substance, light, &c.); analyse (thought, motive); rot (t. & i.). Hence decomposable a., decomposer, decomposition, nn. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. To reduce a compound body to its simpler constituents. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  18. To putrefy from the presence of bacteria. Appleton's medical dictionary.

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