verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of compost
Examples from the Web for compost
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of compost
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.
Word Origin 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.