Definition of decomposition:
- Repeated composition; a combination of compounds.
- 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.
- To undergo a process common to organic substances by which they lose the cohesion of their parts and pass through certain chemical changes, giving off usually in some stages of the process more or less offensive odors; to become decomposed by a natural process; to putrefy; to decay.
festering, vector decomposition, decomposition reaction, annihilation, depravation, putrefaction, corruption, radioactive decay, depravity, disintegration, better, hogwash, deterioration, breakdown, bunk, rot, guff, rotting, buncombe, rottenness, putridness, breakdown, thrive, decay, decline, bunkum, degeneracy, putrescence.
- "The Student's Elements of Geology", Sir Charles Lyell.
We approached these hills by a gradual ascent, over ground exceedingly stony in places; but as we neared them it became less so, the soil being a decomposition of the geological structure of the hills.- "Expedition into Central Australia", Charles Sturt.
And here I perceived what I had never before obtained a knowledge of, that a small portion of this vital electrical element returned to the deserted body immediately subsequent to the separation of the umbilical thread; and that that portion of this element which passed back into the earthly organism instantly diffused itself through the entire structure, and thus prevented immediate decomposition.- "The Best Psychic Stories", Various.