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decomposition

noun

  1. (vector algebra)  the analysis of a vector field
    Synonyms: vector decomposition. Type of: vector algebra
  2. (disintegration)  in a decomposed state
    Synonyms: disintegration. Type of: decay
  3. (chemistry)  separation of a substance into 2 or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance
    Synonyms: chemical decomposition reaction, decomposition reaction. Topic: chemistry. Type of:...
  4. (biology)  the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action
    Synonyms: putrefaction, rot, rotting. Topic: biology. Type of: decay
  5. (organic phenomenon)  the organic phenomenon of rotting
    Synonyms: decay. Type of: organic phenomenon

Etymology summary

"de-" + "composition". An earlier word in the same form meant "further ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Decomposition | rotting

the process by which organic substances are broken down into simpler forms of matter. The process is essential for recycling the finite matter that occupies physical space in the biome. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death... (40 of 4088 words, 7 images)

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Decomposition (disambiguation)

the biological process through which organic material is reduced. Decomposition may also refer to: Chemical decomposition or analysis, in chemistry, is the fragmentation of a chemical compound into elements or smaller compounds Thermal decomposition | ... (34 of 272 words, 19 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

decomposition | decompose | rot [synonym, sense-specific] | decomposable [adjective, derived]

the process of decomposing | to break down (organic matter) or (of organic matter) to be broken down physically and chemically by bacterial or fungal ... (24 of 503 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/decomposition

Macmillan British Dictionary:

decompose [intransitive] | decomposed [past tense] | decomposing [present participle] | decomposes [3rd-person singular present] | decomposition [noun, uncountable, related]

[biology] to decay by a slow natural process, especially through the action of particular bacteria or fungi | [science] if a chemical compound ... (22 of 65 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/decompose

Cambridge Dictionary:

decompose | decomposition [noun, derived]

to decay, or to cause something to decay | [specialized] to break, or to break something, into smaller parts (18 of 58 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/decompose

Wiktionary:

decomposition | decompositions [plural]

A biological process through which organic material is reduced to e.g. compost | The act of taking something apart, e.g. for analysis | The splitting (of e.g. a matrix, an atom, or a compound) into constituent parts (35 of 40 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/decomposition

Oxford Dictionary:

decomposition | decay [synonym]

the state or process of rotting; decay (7 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/decomposition

New World Dictionary:

decompose | decomposed [past tense] | decomposing [present participle] | decomposable [adjective, related] | decomposition [noun, related]

to break up or separate into basic components or parts | to rot (12 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/decompose

American Heritage Dictionary:

decomposition | decompositional [adjective, related]

The act or result of decomposing; disintegration. | [chemistry] Separation into constituents by chemical reaction. | [biology] Breakdown or decay of ... (19 of 26 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/decomposition

Random House Dictionary:

decomposition

the act or process of decomposing. | the state of being decomposed; decay. (12 of 19 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/decomposition

Encarta Dictionary:

decompose | decomposed [past tense] | decomposing [present participle] | decomposes [3rd-person singular present] | decomposability [noun, derived] | decomposable [adjective, derived] | decomposer [noun, derived] | decomposition [noun, derived]

to break down organic matter from a complex to a simpler form, mainly through the action of fungi and bacteria, or be broken down in this way | to ... (28 of 120 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603167​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Online Etymology:

decomposition

First use: 1762

Origin: "de-" + "composition". An earlier word in the same form meant "further compounding of already composite things" (1650s).

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

decomposition | decompose

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "decomposition"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/decomposition

Macmillan British Dictionary:

decompose [intransitive] | decomposed [past tense] | decomposing [present participle] | decomposes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "decomposition"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/decompose

Macmillan American Dictionary:

decompose [intransitive] | decomposed [past tense] | decomposing [present participle] | decomposes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "decomposition"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/decompose

Cambridge Dictionary:

decompose

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "decomposition"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "decomposition"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/decompose

the Free Dictionary:

decomposition

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "decomposition"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "decomposition"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "decomposition" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/decomposition

Google Dictionary:

decomposition | decompositions [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "decomposition"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

decomposition

Audio: North American pronunciation of "decomposition"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=decomp​06 word=decomposition

YourDictionary Audio:

decomposition

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "decomposition" by speech synthesizer

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