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Definitions of decomposition

  1. the organic phenomenon of rotting
  2. in a decomposed state
  3. the analysis of a vector field
  4. ( chemistry) chemical separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance
  5. ( chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance
  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.
  7. The state of being reduced into original elements.
  8. Repeated composition; a combination of compounds.
  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.
  10. The act of separating into elementary parts; analysis; disintegration; state of decay.
  11. Putrefaction; decay; reduction to its elements.
  12. Resolution into elements; decay.
  13. The act; process, or result of decomposing; dissolution; decay.
  14. The act of decomposing; the state of becoming or being decomposed; resolution; dissolution.
  15. The act of reducing a body into its original elements; putrescence; decay; analysis.
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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. The decomposition just described is the one usually received; but too much reliance must not be placed on its accuracy, for the analysis of the several compounds is too difficult for the results to be fully admitted. – American Handbook of the Daguerrotype by Samuel D. Humphrey
  3. Even the supernatural element in the poem produces the illusion, if not of conformity with the belief of men in the age in which the poem was written, yet of conformity with that stage in the whole growth and decomposition of ancient beliefs which, through the works of art and poetry, has made the deepest impression on the world. – The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age: Virgil by W. Y. Sellar
  4. The inflammation that has now existed for two or three days over these parts of the sinus, led me to conclude that the blood which was left and that which had accumulated, had undergone decomposition and was now pus. – Report on Surgery to the Santa Clara County Medical Society by Joseph Bradford Cox
  5. The unequal antiquity, also, of the settlements is occasionally attested by the different degrees of decay which the wooden stakes or piles have undergone, some of them projecting more above the mud than others, while all the piles of the antecedent age of stone have rotted away quite down to the level of the mud, such part of them only as was originally driven into the bed of the lake having escaped decomposition – The Antiquity of Man by Charles Lyell
  6. But few, if any, instances of chemical combination or decomposition are known at so low a temperature. – The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays by J. (John) Joly
  7. They had driven the Basutos before them, and had reached a point where the path leads up a narrow cleft formed by the decomposition of the dyke, between walls of rock some twenty feet high. – Impressions of South Africa by James Bryce
  8. The expression of death is hideous or sublime,- hideous at the aspect of the decomposition of the matter that no longer retains the spirit,- sublime when it awakens in us the idea of eternity. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  9. In many cases the absence of all odor of decomposition or of any disagreeable taste, makes for serious doubt whether the substance is really due to fermentation. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  10. He kept swimming about at a distance from the animal that was in a state of decomposition – Original Short Stories, Volume 12 (of 13) by Guy de Maupassant Last Updated: February 13, 2009
  11. Much of the delightful sparkle of spring water is due, as in the case of the popular soda water, to the presence of carbon dioxid, only in spring water it is produced by the decomposition of vegetable matter in it. – A Handbook of Health by Woods Hutchinson
  12. Red coloration is due to decomposition into ferrocyanide of copper. – Photographic Reproduction Processes by P.C. Duchochois
  13. The eggs are always placed with the large ends upwards, being carefully covered, and are then left to hatch by the heat engendered by the decomposition of the surrounding matter. – The Bushman Life in a New Country by Edward Wilson Landor
  14. If the butter is in the least degree rancid, this can hardly fail to take place; and it cannot be doubted, that during the decomposition of the salts, the glazing is acted upon. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  15. To this end in the hours of his misery- when it had seemed to him that the strange essence which pervaded him slept- he had committed to paper the whole history of his experiments, from the first start to the time when he had awakened to the fact that he could no longer arrest the decomposition of the important organs, or do more than make a kind of mummy of his subject; but the essence or spirit was, as it were, taken captive, and at the same time held him in thrall. – The Man with a Shadow by George Manville Fenn
  16. He knew that decomposition had made such progress even while he was still living as to render embalming impossible: He accordingly instructed Don Christopher to see his body wrapped in a shroud just as it lay, and to cause it to be placed in a well- soldered metallic coffin already provided. – History of the United Netherlands, 1598 by John Lothrop Motley
  17. Indeed, religious ideas and ecclesiastical institutions were already at that time undergoing such rapid and radical decomposition that it was safe to predict if religion were to survive another century it would be under very different forms from any the past had known. – Equality by Edward Bellamy
  18. 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
  19. The decay of this mass of roots, however, furnishes just the food required, and a crop of buckwheat greatly hastens decomposition and adds its own bulk and fertility when plowed under. – Success With Small Fruits by E. P. Roe