from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mixture of organic matter, as from leaves and manure, that has decayed or has been digested by organisms, used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients.
  • transitive verb To convert (vegetable matter) to compost.
  • transitive verb To fertilize with compost.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To form or convert into compost. See compost, n., 3.
  • noun A computation or calendar of astronomical and ecclesiastical data.
  • noun A mixture.
  • noun A mixed dish; a compote.
  • noun In agriculture, a mixture or composition of various manuring substances for fertilizing land.
  • noun A composition for plastering the exterior of houses. Usually called compo.
  • To manure with compost.
  • To plaster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To manure with compost.
  • transitive verb To mingle, as different fertilizing substances, in a mass where they will decompose and form into a compost.
  • noun rare A mixture; a compound.
  • noun (Agric.) A mixture for fertilizing land; esp., a composition of various substances (as muck, mold, lime, and stable manure) thoroughly mingled and decomposed, as in a compost heap.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The decayed remains of organic matter that has rotted into a natural fertilizer
  • verb To produce compost, let organic matter decay into fertilizer

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb convert to compost
  • noun a mixture of decaying vegetation and manure; used as a fertilizer


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English composte, from Old French, mixture, compost, from Latin compositum, mixture, from neuter past participle of compōnere, to put together; see component.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.