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Definition of Decomposition

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disintegration; decay, rot
Decomposition Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The state of being reduced into original elements.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
Repeated composition; a combination of compounds.
  
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decomposition
\de*com`po*si"tion\ (?), n. [pref. de- (in sense 3 intensive) + composition: cf. f. décomposition. cf. decomposition.]
1. 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.
2. the state of being reduced into original elements.
3. repeated composition; a combination of compounds. [obs.]
decomposition
of forces. same as resolution of forces , under resolution.
decomposition
of light, the division of light into the prismatic colors.
decomposition
n
1. the analysis of a vector field [syn: vector decomposition]


2. in a decomposed state [syn: disintegration]


3. (chemistry) chemical separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance [syn: decomposition reaction]


4. the organic phenomenon of rotting [syn: decay]


5. (biology) decaying caused by bacterial or fungal action [syn: rot, rotting, putrefaction]




  similar words(3) 



 decomposition of forces 
 decomposition of light 
 vector decomposition 
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. the analysis of a vector field
(synonym) vector decomposition
(hypernym) vector algebra
2. in a decomposed state
(synonym) disintegration
(hypernym) decay
(hyponym) fragmentation
3. (chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance
(synonym) decomposition reaction
(hypernym) chemical reaction, reaction
(derivation) decompose, break up, break down
(classification) chemistry, chemical science
4. the organic phenomenon of rotting
(synonym) decay
(hypernym) organic phenomenon
(derivation) decompose, rot, molder, moulder
5. (biology) decaying caused by bacterial or fungal action
(synonym) rot, rotting, putrefaction
(hypernym) decay
(derivation) decompose, rot, molder, moulder
(classification) biology, biological science
Decomposition Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
General Chemistry Glossary
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Compare with synthesis . A reaction in which a compound is broken down into simpler compounds or elements. Compounds sometimes decompose if heated strongly or if subjected to a strong electric current (electrolysis ).
Soil Glossary - Mani
conversion of organic matter as a result of microbial and/or enzymatic interactions; initial stage in the degradation of an organic substrate, characterized by processes of destabilization of the pre-existing structure.
Agricultural Glossary/yigini2004
- conversion of organic matter as a result of microbial and/or enzymatic interactions; initial stage in the degradation of an organic substrate, characterized by processes of destabilization of the pre-existing structure.

Deficiency symptom. A result, including slow plant growth, chlorosis or necrosis, caused by the lack of a plant essential element.

Deficiency. The lack of an adequate amount of a plant nutrient.

Decomposition Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Decomposition (or rotting) is 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. Although no two organisms decompose in the same way, they all undergo the same sequential stages of decomposition. The science which studies decomposition is generally referred to as taphonomy from the Greek word τάφος taphos, meaning tomb.

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Decomposition Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
EPA Glossary of Climate Change Terms
The breakdown of matter by bacteria and fungi. It changes the chemical composition and physical appearance of the materials. See composting.
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EPA Terms of Environment
The breakdown of matter by bacteria and fungi, changing the chemical makeup and physical appearance of materials.
Provided as a public service by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
the process of rotting and decay which causes the complex organic materials in plants and animals to break down into simple inorganic elements which can be returned to the atmosphere and soil.
Decomposition Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
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