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decompound

[verb dee-kuh m-pound; adjective dee-kom-pound, dee-kom-pound, -kuh m-]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to decompose.
  2. Obsolete. to compound a second or further time.
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adjective
  1. Botany. divided into compound divisions.
  2. composed of compounds the parts of which are also compounds, as a bipinnate leaf.
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Origin of decompound

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

disintegrate, dissolve, explore, scrutinize, inspect, examine, investigate, dissect, resolve, determine, parse, anatomize, separate, distill, atomize, study, decompose, divide, part, hydrolyze

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Historical Examples of decompound

  • As Acids have a greater affinity than any other substance with Alkalis, they may be very effectually employed to decompound Soap.

    Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.

    Pierre Joseph Macquer

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


British Dictionary definitions for decompound

decompound

adjective
  1. (of a compound leaf) having leaflets consisting of several distinct parts
  2. made up of one or more compounds
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verb
  1. a less common word for decompose
  2. obsolete to mix with or form from one or more compounds
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