Definitions of decomposition

  1. the organic phenomenon of rotting Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. The act or process of resolving the constituent parts of a compound body or substance into its elementary parts; separation into constituent part; analysis; the decay or dissolution consequent on the removal or alteration of some of the ingredients of a compound; disintegration; as, the decomposition of wood, rocks, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The state of being reduced into original elements. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The act of separating into elementary parts; analysis; disintegration; state of decay. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Resolution into elements; decay. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. The act; process, or result of decomposing; dissolution; decay. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. The act of decomposing; the state of becoming or being decomposed; resolution; dissolution. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. The act of reducing a body into its original elements; putrescence; decay; analysis. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for decomposition

  1. Now in so far as this conclusion, that organic evolution results from the decomposition of each expended force into several forces, was inferred from the general law previously pointed out, it was an example of deductive physiology. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer
  2. It exists in such quantities, in the gneiss rocks that upon their decomposition it is seen in bright specks like silver throughout. – Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon by Samuel White Baker