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Definitions of decomposition

  1. the organic phenomenon of rotting Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. in a decomposed state Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the analysis of a vector field Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (chemistry) chemical separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. (chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. The state of being reduced into original elements. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Repeated composition; a combination of compounds. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To undergo a process common to organic substances by which they lose the cohesion of their parts and pass through certain chemical changes, giving off usually in some stages of the process more or less offensive odors; to become decomposed by a natural process; to putrefy; to decay. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. 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.
  11. Putrefaction; decay; reduction to its elements. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  12. Resolution into elements; decay. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. The act; process, or result of decomposing; dissolution; decay. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. The reduction of a compound body into its constituents (also called Chemical d.); as the D. of water. na
  17. Decay or disintegration, especially when attended with putrefaction. na
  18. Putrefactive decay. American pocket medical dictionary.
  19. Chemical separation into component elements or simpler compounds. American pocket medical dictionary.
  20. The process of reducing a compound body to its simpler constituents. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  21. n. The resolution, either spontaneously or artificially, of a chemical body into its elements;—state of being separated; release from previous combination; dissolution. Cabinet Dictionary
  22. The act of compounding things already compounded. Complete Dictionary
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