- to separate or resolve into constituent parts or elements; disintegrate: The bacteria decomposed the milk into its solid and liquid elements.
- to rot; putrefy: The egg began to decompose after a day in the sun.
Origin of decompose
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1. distill, fractionate, analyze.
2. See decay.
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Examples from the Web for decomposable
Small, white, acid, permanent needles; not decomposable by water.Merck's 1899 Manual
Merck & Co.
The old alchemists, who thought that gold was decomposable and therefore creatable, shrank from the idea of producing the diamond.The Alkahest
Honore de Balzac
Manifestly, decomposable states of consciousness cannot exist before the states of consciousness out of which they are composed.Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects
On the other hand, if this stratum is soft or decomposable it will show as a depression, or "sag" as it is called.Every-day Science: Volume VI. The Conquest of Nature
Henry Smith Williams
The molecule of Avogadro has always been a decomposable particle.The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry</p>
M. M. Pattison Muir
- to break down (organic matter) or (of organic matter) to be broken down physically and chemically by bacterial or fungal action; rot
- chem to break down or cause to break down into simpler chemical compounds
- to break up or separate into constituent parts
- (tr) maths to express in terms of a number of independent simpler components, as a set as a canonical union of disjoint subsets, or a vector into orthogonal components
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Word Origin and History for decomposable
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