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
- intransitive v. To become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot.
- 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.
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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Surely the reason that corpses take longer to decompose is simply that mortuaries are now air conditioned as a matter of course.
But he did decompress, as opposed to decompose, which is how Jerry described George's summer plans.
In response, our human nature looks to break down or "decompose" the mega-Internet back down to human scale and in this sense the "mega-Internet" is indeed over.
Chachas says no firm should ever be "too big to fail," and if the Risk Monitor believes the downside risk of an institution is too great, the regulator can "decompose" it.
With the working image loaded in the program, you will "decompose" the image into its component colors.
Professor George Rossman, of the California Institute of Technology, said: "If you heat up the apatite, the hydroxyl ions will" decompose "and come out as water."
"decompose" into the three component colors of images.
All castle ruins tend to be open to the elements as most roofs were of wood and would have been the first things to decompose or burn in a razing.
The charcoal would go into the ground, increasing soil fertility, while the gas would be an effective energy source, making good use of detritus that would otherwise decompose, returning its carbon to the atmosphere.
The initial change in oxygen would be small, but as animals continued to breath and decompose, the oxygen would slowly get depleted, assuming there was some way to sustain animal life without plants in the food chain.
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