- having undergone decomposition.
- (of a feather) having the barbs separate, hanging loosely, and not interconnected by barbules.
Origin of decomposed
- 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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2. See decay.
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Related Wordsdisintegrate, decay, molder, dissolve, fester, taint, crumble, turn, spoil, putrefy, anatomize, resolve, separate, dissect, distill, atomize, decompound
Examples from the Web for decomposed
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Some 100,000 kilograms of decomposed corpses were transported to an estimated 30 secondary burial sites.The Bosnia Atrocities, the World’s Greatest Forensic Puzzle
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“The article appears to consist in whole or in part of a filthy, putrid, or decomposed substance,” noted the official report form.U.S. Wants Freedom from ‘Filthy’ French Cheese
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The lead salts not soluble in ether were decomposed by acid.
The characteristic harmoniousness of her face became, as it were, decomposed for an instant.Victory
Each bit of will and emotion must be decomposed into its finest elements.Psychotherapy
Some limestone is decomposed by the heat, forming calcium oxide.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
It crystallizes in orange-red needles and is decomposed by water.
- 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 decomposed
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