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decompound

[ verb dee-kuh m-pound; adjective dee-kom-pound, dee-kom-pound, -kuh m- ]
/ verb ˌdi kəmˈpaʊnd; adjective diˈkɒm paʊnd, ˌdi kɒmˈpaʊnd, -kəm- /
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verb (used with object)

to decompose.
Obsolete. to compound a second or further time.

adjective

Botany. divided into compound divisions.
composed of compounds the parts of which are also compounds, as a bipinnate leaf.

RELATED WORDS

Nearby words

decompensation, decompose, decomposed, decomposer, decomposition, decompound, decompress, decompression, decompression chamber, decompression sickness, deconcentrate

Origin of decompound

First recorded in 1605–15; de- + compound1
Related formsun·de·com·pound·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for decompound

  • If you propose to decompound Soap by means thereof, you must first dissolve it in a sufficient quantity of water.

    Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.|Pierre Joseph Macquer
  • As Acids have a greater affinity than any other substance with Alkalis, they may be very effectually employed to decompound Soap.

British Dictionary definitions for decompound

decompound

/ (ˌdiːkəmˈpaʊnd) /

adjective

(of a compound leaf) having leaflets consisting of several distinct parts
made up of one or more compounds

verb

a less common word for decompose
obsolete to mix with or form from one or more compounds
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