Definitions for compostˈkɒm poʊst
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a mixture of decaying organic matter, as decomposing leaves, manure, kitchen scraps, etc., used for fertilizing soil.
Category: Botany, Agriculture
a composition; compound.
(v.t.)to use in compost; make compost of.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Botany
to apply compost to (soil).
Origin of compost:
1350–1400; ME < AF, MF < L compositum, composituscomposite ; cf. compote
a mixture of decaying vegetation and manure; used as a fertilizer
convert to compost
"compost organic debris"
The decayed remains of organic matter that has rotted into a natural fertilizer
Dig plenty of compost into clay or sandy soil to improve its structure.
To produce compost, let organic matter decay into fertilizer
If you compost your grass clippings, you can improve your soil.
a mixture; a compound
a mixture for fertilizing land; esp., a composition of various substances (as muck, mold, lime, and stable manure) thoroughly mingled and decomposed, as in a compost heap
to manure with compost
to mingle, as different fertilizing substances, in a mass where they will decompose and form into a compost
Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming. At the simplest level, the process of composting simply requires making a heap of wetted organic matter and waiting for the materials to break down into humus after a period of weeks or months. Modern, methodical composting is a multi-step, closely monitored process with measured inputs of water, air, and carbon- and nitrogen-rich materials. The decomposition process is aided by shredding the plant matter, adding water and ensuring proper aeration by regularly turning the mixture. Worms and fungi further break up the material. Aerobic bacteria manage the chemical process by converting the inputs into heat, carbon dioxide and ammonium. The ammonium is further converted by bacteria into plant-nourishing nitrites and nitrates through the process of nitrification. Compost can be rich in nutrients. It is used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer, addition of vital humus or humic acids, and as a natural pesticide for soil. In ecosystems, compost is useful for erosion control, land and stream reclamation, wetland construction, and as landfill cover. Organic ingredients intended for composting can alternatively be used to generate biogas through anaerobic digestion. Anaerobic digestion is fast overtaking composting in some parts of the world including central Europe as a primary means of downcycling waste organic matter.
Translations for compost
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
rotting vegetable matter etc used as fertilizer.
- kompos, mengmis, gemengde bemestingAfrikaans
- خَليطٌ من الأوْراق والرَّوْث للتَّسْميدArabic
- aduboPortuguese (BR)
- der KompostGerman
- abono orgánicoSpanish
- एक तरह की खादHindi
- composta, terricciatoItalian
- نباتى سره (تر كيب شوې) دخو سا پاڼو سرهPashto
- bălegar, gunoi de grajdRomanian
- 堆肥Chinese (Trad.)
- компост, складене добривоUkrainian
- سڑے پتوں کی کھادUrdu
- phân xanhVietnamese
- 混合肥料，堆肥Chinese (Simp.)
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