What does compost mean?

Definitions for compost
ˈkɒm poʊstcom·post

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. compost(verb)

    a mixture of decaying vegetation and manure; used as a fertilizer

  2. compost(verb)

    convert to compost

    "compost organic debris"


  1. compost(Noun)

    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.

  2. compost(Verb)

    To produce compost, let organic matter decay into fertilizer

    If you compost your grass clippings, you can improve your soil.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compost(noun)

    a mixture; a compound

  2. Compost(noun)

    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

  3. Compost(verb)

    to manure with compost

  4. Compost(verb)

    to mingle, as different fertilizing substances, in a mass where they will decompose and form into a compost

  5. Origin: [OF. compost, fr. L. compositus, p. p. See Composite.]


  1. 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.

Editors Contribution

  1. compost

    A mixture of various substances used to fertilize the land or a mixture in which plants are grown.

    They filled the hanging baskets and plant pots with compost before planting the spring flowers.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on August 5, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of compost in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of compost in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of compost in a Sentence

  1. Farmer Phub Zam:

    Now, from leaves to cow dung to chicken poop, everything is used, i have no trash, only compost.

  2. Farmer Phub Zam:

    I apply organic manure that I compost right at home, the imported vegetables do not taste so good.

  3. Jenn Tompkins:

    It changes the mindset of people when they know where food comes from, pretty soon they'll have tomato plants and be turning the chicken manure into compost.

  4. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray:

    Seattle is only weeks into our nation-leading program, and it looks like we are well on our way to achieving 38,000 additional tons of compost per year, our goal for year three of the program.

  5. Masanobu Fukuoka:

    One thing is all things. To resolve one matter, one must resolve all matters. Changing one thing changes all things. Once I made the decision to sow rice in the fall, I found that I could also stop transplanting, and plowing, and applying chemical fertilizers, and preparing compost, and spraying pesticides.

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