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Meaning of DECOMPOSE

Pronunciation:  `deekum'powz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  separate into constituent elements or parts, as of chemical substances
  2. [v]  break down; "The bodies decomposed in the heat"
  3. [v]  lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; as of particles in nuclear fission

DECOMPOSE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: break down, break up, disintegrate, molder, moulder, rot
 See Also: change integrity, crack, decay, dissociate, hang, separate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De`com*pose"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decomposed}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Decomposing}.] [Cf. F. d['e]composer. Cf.
    To separate the constituent parts of; to resolve into
    original elements; to set free from previously existing forms
    of chemical combination; to bring to dissolution; to rot or
  2. \De`com*pose"\, v. i.
    To become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to
    undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot.
Thesaurus Terms
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