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Pronunciation:  `deekâmpu'zishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the analysis of a vector field
  2. [n]  the organic phenomenon of rotting
  3. [n]  (biology) decaying caused by bacterial or fungal action
  4. [n]  (chemistry) chemical separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance
  5. [n]  in a decomposed state

DECOMPOSITION is a 13 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: decay, decomposition reaction, disintegration, putrefaction, rot, rotting, vector decomposition
 See Also: chemical reaction, decay, decay, fragmentation, organic phenomenon, reaction, vector algebra



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\De*com`po*si"tion\, n. [Pref. de- (in sense 3
intensive) + composition: cf. F. d['e]composition. Cf.
1. The act or process of resolving the constituent parts of a
   compound body or substance into its elementary parts;
   separation into constituent part; analysis; the decay or
   dissolution consequent on the removal or alteration of
   some of the ingredients of a compound; disintegration; as,
   the decomposition of wood, rocks, etc.

2. The state of being reduced into original elements.

3. Repeated composition; a combination of compounds. [Obs.]

{Decomposition of forces}. Same as {Resolution of forces},
   under {Resolution}.

{Decomposition of light}, the division of light into the
   prismatic colors.

Thesaurus Terms
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