from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To separate into components or basic elements.
- transitive v. To cause to rot.
- intransitive v. To become broken down into components; disintegrate.
- intransitive v. To decay; putrefy. See Synonyms at decay.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to separate or break down something into its components; to disintegrate or fragment
- v. to rot, decay or putrefy
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To separate the constituent parts of; to resolve into original elements; to set free from previously existing forms of chemical combination; to bring to dissolution; to rot or decay.
- intransitive v. To become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To separate into its constituent parts; resolve into its original elements; specifically, to reduce (an organic body) to a state of dissolution by a process of natural decay.
- To become resolved into constituent elements; specifically, to decay; rot; putrefy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current
- v. break down
- v. separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
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