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decomposition (n.)

"act or process of separating the constituent elements of a compound body; state of being decomposed,"1762, from de- "the opposite of" + composition. An earlier word in the same form meant "further compounding of already composite things" (1650s; see decomposite).

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Definitions of decomposition from WordNet

decomposition (n.)
the analysis of a vector field;
Synonyms: vector decomposition
decomposition (n.)
in a decomposed state;
Synonyms: disintegration
decomposition (n.)
(chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance;
Synonyms: decomposition reaction / chemical decomposition reaction
decomposition (n.)
(biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action;
Synonyms: rot / rotting / putrefaction / breakdown
decomposition (n.)
the organic phenomenon of rotting;
Synonyms: decay
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