What does decompose mean?

Definitions for decomposeˌdi kəmˈpoʊz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word decompose.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. decompose, break up, break down(verb)

    separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

  2. disintegrate, decay, decompose(verb)

    lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current

    "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"

  3. decompose, rot, molder, moulder(verb)

    break down

    "The bodies decomposed in the heat"


  1. decompose(Verb)

    to separate or break down something into its components; to disintegrate or fragment

  2. decompose(Verb)

    to rot, decay or putrefy

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decompose(verb)

    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 decay

  2. Decompose(verb)

    to become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. dcomposer. Cf. Discompose.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decompose

    de-kom-poz′, v.t. to separate the parts composing anything: to resolve into original elements.—v.i. to decay, rot.—adj. Decompos′able.—n. Decomposi′tion, act of decomposing: decay or dissolution: also the compounding of things already compound. [L. de, neg., and compose.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decompose in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decompose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kevin Kumala:

    It clicked that these disgusting, toxic ponchos would be used a few times and then discarded, but they would not decompose.

Images & Illustrations of decompose

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Translations for decompose

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • разглобявам, разлагам сеBulgarian
  • descompondreCatalan, Valencian
  • rozložitCzech
  • zersetzen, verrotten, zerfallen, verfallen, verfaulen, dekomponierenGerman
  • αποσυντίθεμαιGreek
  • descomponer, descomponerseSpanish
  • kõdunema, lagundamaEstonian
  • lahota, hajottaa, maatua, mädätä, mädäntyäFinnish
  • décomposer, se décomposerFrench
  • decomporre, decomporsiItalian
  • 分解するJapanese
  • ontbinden, verrotten, vergaanDutch
  • decomporPortuguese
  • descompuneRomanian
  • разложи́ть, разбира́ть, разложи́ться, разлага́ть, разобра́ть, разлага́тьсяRussian
  • 分解Chinese

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