[ kom-pohst ]
/ ˈkɒm poʊst /
a mixture of various decaying organic substances, as dead leaves or manure, used for fertilizing soil.
a composition; compound.
verb (used with object)
to use in compost; make compost of: to compost manure and kitchen scraps.
to apply compost to (soil).
verb (used without object)
to make compost: Shredded leaves will compost easily.
Words nearby compost
Origin of compost
OTHER WORDS FROM compostcom·post·a·ble, adjectivecom·post·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for compostable (1 of 2)
/ (kɒmˈpɒstəbəl) /
capable of being used as compostcompostable waste
British Dictionary definitions for compostable (2 of 2)
/ (ˈkɒmpɒst) /
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 for compost
C14: from Old French compost, from Latin compositus put together; see composite
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Scientific definitions for compostable
[ kŏm′pōst′ ]
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.
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