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

  • n. A mixture of decaying organic matter, as from leaves and manure, used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients.
  • n. A composition; a mixture.
  • transitive v. To fertilize with a mixture of decaying organic matter.
  • transitive v. To convert (vegetable matter) to compost.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mixture; a compound.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To manure with compost.
  • transitive v. To mingle, as different fertilizing substances, in a mass where they will decompose and form into a compost.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • v. convert to compost
  • n. a mixture of decaying vegetation and manure; used as a fertilizer


Middle English compote, from Old French, mixture, compost, from Latin compositum, mixture, from neuter past participle of compōnere, to put together; see component.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin (Wiktionary)



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