decomposition, vector decomposition(noun)
the analysis of a vector field
in a decomposed state
decomposition, decomposition reaction, chemical decomposition reaction(noun)
(chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance
decomposition, rot, rotting, putrefaction(noun)
(biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action
the organic phenomenon of rotting
A biological process through which organic material is reduced to e.g. compost
The act of taking something apart, e.g. for analysis
The splitting (of e.g. a matrix, an atom or a compound) into constituent parts
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
the state of being reduced into original elements
repeated composition; a combination of compounds
Origin: [Pref. de- (in sense 3 intensive) + composition: cf. F. dcomposition. Cf. Decomposition.]
Decomposition 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. One can differentiate abiotic from biotic decomposition. The former means "degradation of a substance by chemical or physical processes, e.g. hydrolysis. The latter one means "the metabolic breakdown of materials into simpler components by living organisms", typically by microorganisms.
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
The reduction of a compound substance into its constituents, as in chemical analysis. The constituents may themselves be compounds or proximate constituents, or may be elemental or ultimate constituents.
The numerical value of decomposition in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of decomposition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
… There was so much decomposition and there was nothing, but bones left, she was skeletonized basically … But I think based on the crime scene, what it looked like and what items were recovered — it was pretty consisted with her having been murdered at that site.
We sampled the remains during six months of decomposition and we could identify 452 different compounds, from all those compounds we searched for human specific compounds using principal component analysis and we could identify a combination of eight compounds that were specific for human and pig remains.
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Translations for decomposition
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- разлагане, гниене, разглобяванеBulgarian
- descomposicióCatalan, Valencian
- Abbau, Zersetzung, ZerlegungGerman
- διάσπαση, διάλυση, αποσύνθεσηGreek
- hajotelma, erittely, hajottaminen, hajoaminenFinnish
- décomposition, démontageFrench
- dekonpozisyonHaitian Creole
- dezasamblare, demontare, descompunereRomanian
- декомпози́ция, разложе́ние, распа́д, гние́ние, разбие́ние, расчлене́ниеRussian
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