- a mixture of various decaying organic substances, as dead leaves or manure, used for fertilizing soil.
- a composition; compound.
- to use in compost; make compost of: to compost manure and kitchen scraps.
- to apply compost to (soil).
- to make compost: Shredded leaves will compost easily.
Origin of compost
Examples from the Web for compost
I departed for the compost heap happy that I was almost done cleaning the chicken coop.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
Figuring out whether to throw out your lipstick-stained coffee cup in recycling, trash, or compost can be truly maddening.‘Portlandia’: Carrie Brownstein on Season 2 and Its Success
January 4, 2012
The better part of the man is soon plowed into the soil for compost.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
Henry David Thoreau
It must be understood, however, that the compost is not attractive in appearance.The Red Man's Revenge
Rake up the leaves, and add everything of this kind to the compost heap.Amateur Gardencraft
Eben E. Rexford
And yet the latter is a compost of everything that migrates from the Old World.A History of the Gipsies
A little complete fertilizer or compost in the hills is desirable.
- a mixture of organic residues such as decomposed vegetation, manure, etc, used as a fertilizer
- a mixture, normally of plant remains, peat, charcoal, etc, in which plants are grown, esp in pots
- rare a compound or mixture
- to make (vegetable matter) into compost
- to fertilize with compost
Word Origin and History for compost
late 14c., compote, from Old French composte "mixture of leaves, manure, etc., for fertilizing land" (13c.), also "condiment," from Vulgar Latin *composita, noun use of fem. of Latin compositus, past participle of componere "to put together" (see composite). The fertilizer sense is attested in English from 1580s, and the French word in this sense is a 19th century borrowing from English.
"make into compost," 1829, from compost (n.). Related: Composted; composting.
- A mixture of decayed or decaying organic matter used to fertilize soil. Compost is usually made by gathering plant material, such as leaves, grass clippings, and vegetable peels, into a pile or bin and letting it decompose as a result of the action of aerobic bacteria, fungi, and other organisms.