decomposition

Decomposition is the process of decaying or rotting. If you've ever left a carved pumpkin on the porch into late November, you have seen and smelled decomposition.

A "composition" is a paper or group of items that's put together, while a decomposition is a breaking down or coming apart. You can use the noun decomposition for rotting plants and animals. Some people keep a compost pile for trash decomposition, which produces fertilizer. Studying decomposition lets you see the different stages of rotting, and science teachers often let students leave out a piece of fruit on purpose, just to watch its decomposition and the growth of maggots.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: decomposition

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n
the organic phenomenon of rotting
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n
the analysis of a vector field
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: decomposition
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n the organic phenomenon of rotting

Synonyms:
decay
Type of:
organic phenomenon
(biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals

n in a decomposed state

Synonyms:
disintegration
Types:
fragmentation
the disintegration of social norms governing behavior and thought and social relationships
Type of:
decay
an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying

n (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action

Synonyms:
putrefaction, rot, rotting
Type of:
decay
the process of gradually becoming inferior

n (chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance

Synonyms:
chemical decomposition reaction, decomposition reaction
Types:
electrolysis
(chemistry) a chemical decomposition reaction produced by passing an electric current through a solution containing ions
Type of:
chemical reaction, reaction
(chemistry) a process in which one or more substances are changed into others
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n the analysis of a vector field

Synonyms:
vector decomposition
Type of:
vector algebra
the part of algebra that deals with the theory of vectors and vector spaces
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