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Definition of the noun decomposition

What does decomposition mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: decompositions

  1. the analysis of a vector field
  2. in a decomposed state
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of decomposition: disintegration
    • more generic word: decay = an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying
    • more specific word: fragmentation = the disintegration of social norms governing behavior and thought and social relationships
  3. (chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance
  4. (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action
  5. the organic phenomenon of rotting

Alternative definition of the noun decomposition


  1. A biological process through which organic material is reduced to e.g. compost
  2. The act of taking something apart, e.g. for analysis
  3. The splitting (of e.g. a matrix, an atom, or a compound) into constituent parts

Specialised definition of the noun decomposition

Glossary of pesticide

process by which a pesticide is broken down to simpler structures through biological or abiotic mechanisms (1992. The OECD principles of good laboratory practice. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)


Decomposition is a record label.


  1. "Decomposition" is a musical album of Decompoze.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  2. "Decomposition" is a musical album of Thavius Beck.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  3. "Decomposition" is a musical album of Michael Lee Firkins.
    • released in (16 years ago)
  4. "Decomposition" is a musical album of Doomdozer.
    • released on

Phrases with decomposition

Phrases starting with the word decomposition:

  1. decomposition reaction
  2. Decomposition Potential
  3. Decomposition Brackenfern

Phrases ending with the word decomposition:

  1. Prime Decomposition
  2. double decomposition
  3. Matrix Decomposition
  4. vector decomposition
  5. Chemical Decomposition
  6. Heegaard Decomposition
  7. Open Book Decomposition
  8. Singular Value Decomposition

Other phrases containing the word decomposition:

  1. double decomposition reaction
  2. chemical decomposition reaction

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for decomposition

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Google previewEngineering design (2015)

By George E . Dieter and Linda C . Schmidt by Linda C . Schmidt, George E . Dieter

Functional decomposition is the second type of representational strategy common in early stages of concept generation.

Google previewAtlas of Forensic Pathology (2011)

For Police, Forensic Scientists, Attorneys, and Death Investigators by Joseph A. Prahlow, Roger W. Byard

Decomposition refers to the break-down of the body following death. While the early postmortem changes described above represent...

Google previewMultiscale Molecular Methods in Applied Chemistry (2011)

by Barbara Kirchner, Jadran Vrabec

Under low temperature growth conditions, experiments suggest that feedstock decomposition is the ratelimiting step [87]. Thus our analysis of hydrocarbon decomposition pathways on nickel nanoparticles shows how the selection of different ...

Google previewEnterprise Systems Integration, Second Edition (2001)

by Judith M. Myerson

Functional decomposition is a process that is extremely important to data analysis.

Google previewPost-Agricultural Succession in the Neotropics (2007)

by Randall W. Myster

Decomposition is a critical ecosystem function that decomposes dead organic materials, removes wastes, recycles nutrients and renews soil fertility. In natural ecosystems most nitrogen (N) and phosphorous (P) required for plant growth are ...

Google previewProgramming Many-Core Chips (2011)

by András Vajda

The primary issue related to static decomposition is the lack of scalability when the number of processor cores is increased. Staying with the same example, it's impossible to use more than two cores, unless for g is further decomposed—a task ...

Google previewNew Challenges to Philosophy of Science (2013)

by Hanne Andersen, Dennis Dieks, Wenceslao J. Gonzalez, Thomas Uebel, Gregory Wheeler

Decomposition is the conceptual act of setting apart factors, clusters of factors, processes, or mechanisms in our model descriptions; a rough way to put it, is that decomposition is the conceptual act of abstracting from interconnection and ...

Google previewAccess 2010 Bible (2010)

by Michael R. Groh

Breaking a table into individual tables, each of which describes some aspect of the data, is called decomposition. Decomposition is a very important part of the normalization process. Even though the tables appear smaller than the original ...

Google previewEcotoxicology (2007)

A Comprehensive Treatment by Michael C. Newman, William H. Clements

DECOMPOSITION AND ORGANIC MATTER PROCESSING Decomposition is the process by which dead organic matter (detritus) is broken down to its component parts. Decomposition is a critical characteristic of ecosystem function and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business Analytics and Optimization (2014)

by Wang, John

Decomposition. Georgios K. D. Saharidis University of Thessaly, Greece INTRODUCTION In worldwide, the business environment becomes more and more complex making the solution of real case studies increasingly difficult due to ...

Google previewCRC Concise Encyclopedia of Mathematics, Second Edition (2002)

by Eric W. Weisstein

Matrix decomposition refers to the transformation of a given matrix (often assumed to be a SQUARE MATRIX) into a given...


Google previewThe Fertilizer Encyclopedia (2009)

by Vasant Gowariker, V. N. Krishnamurthy, Sudha Gowariker, Manik Dhanorkar, Kalyani Paranjape

Decarbonation Decomposition Decarbonation Decarbonation is the decomposition of calcium carbonate, by water containing dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) and humus. The general reaction controlling the movement of carbonate is: 7 a.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Data Warehousing and Mining, Second Edition (2008)

by Wang, John

Hence, decomposition in FS, with applications to multiclass molecular classification, has not been investigated as widely as either undecomposed FS or decomposed classification. Overall, there has been a lackofa formal, systematic approach ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Chemistry (2012)

Chemical decomposition is often an undesired chemical reaction. The stability that a chemical compound ordinarily has is eventually limited when exposed to extreme environmental conditionslike heat, radiation, humidity or the acidity of a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Multimedia (2006)

by Borivoje Furht

The 2-D DWT is usually implemented through iterative 2-D subband decomposition, as seen in Figure 1 . First, the image is decomposed into four subbands, LLn, LHn , HLn , and HHn. The same 2-D subband decomposition is then applied to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Antarctic (2007)

by Beau Riffenburgh

to release bioavailable nutrients; for example, the microbial decomposition of uric acid releases ammonium. Microbial decomposition occurs mainly through bacterial or fungal action, primarily ...

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Scrabble value of D2E1C3O1M3P3O1S1I1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 13-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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