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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun decomposition:


Definition of decomposition

What does decomposition mean?


  1. the analysis of a vector field
  2. in a decomposed state
    • 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
    • synonym of decomposition: decay
    • more generic term: organic phenomenon = a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals

Alternative definition


  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

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


Decomposition is a record label.


  1. "Decomposition" is a 2CD album set by Japanese noise musician Masami Akita, under the name Merzbow, featuring remixes and manipulation of source material recorded by Eugene Thacker and Shane Fahey. This double CD set was only released in limited quantitites with initial pressings of the Merzbox collection. The final track on each cd is the source material used by Akita for the decomposition tracks.
  2. "Decomposition" is a musical album of Decompoze.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  3. "Decomposition" is a musical album of Thavius Beck.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  4. "Decomposition" is a musical album of Michael Lee Firkins.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  5. "Decomposition" is a musical album of Doomdozer.
    • released on


  1. Decomposition is the process by which organic substances are broken down into simpler forms of matter. The process is essential for recycling the finite matter that occupies physical space in the biome. Bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. Although no two organisms decompose in the same way, they all undergo the same sequential stages of decomposition. The science which studies decomposition is generally referred to as taphonomy from the Greek word taphos, meaning tomb.
  2. Decomposition in computer science, also known as factoring, refers to the process by which a complex problem or system is broken down into parts that are easier to conceive, understand, program, and maintain.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for decomposition

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Google previewDatabase Systems (2011)

Concepts, Design and Applications by Shio Kumar Singh

The lossless-join decomposition is a property of decomposition, which ensures that no spurious tuples are generated when a natural join ;...

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 previewLinear Algebra Quick Study Guide for Smartphones and Mobile Devices - FREE Chapters on Linear Equations, Determinant, and More in the Trial Version (2007)

by MobileReference

Definitions | Existence and uniqueness | Positive definite matrices | Algorithms | Doolittle algorithm | Crout algorithm | Small Example | Applications | Solving linear equations | Inverse matrix The LU decomposition is a matrix decomposition  ;...

Google previewParallel Algorithms for Geographic Processing (2008)

by Qingfeng Guan

Decomposition is the process of dividing the computation into smaller pieces, some or all of which can be executed in parallel. Apparently it requires that the computation is parallelizable, which means either the data used for the computation ...

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 previewEncyclopedia of Ecology, Five-Volume Set (2008)

Online version

Decomposition and the subsequent mineralization are also an indispensable process for sustaining life on Earth, as they are the only processes enabling massive recycling of chemical elements in the biosphere. Most nutrients cycle from an ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Electrochemical Power Sources (2013)

by Chris K. Dyer, Patrick T. Moseley, Zempachi Ogumi, David A. J. Rand, Bruno Scrosati

Considering a III–V semiconductor like p-GaAs, anodic decomposition in the dark requires, e.g., application of a positive potential to induce the reaction: GaAs þ 2H2O þ 6hþ-Ga3þ þ AsO2À þ 4Hþ 1⁄2IV Cathodic decomposition is conversely ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience (2009)

by Clifton D. Bryant, Dennis L. Peck

Decomposition is an essential part of the life cycle of any living organism (human beings are no exception) as it is the means by which nutrients are returned to the soil to nourish other life forms. Shortly after death, the body begins to undergo a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Algorithms (2008)

by Ming-Yang Kao

Well Separated Pair Decomposition for Unit–Disk Graph, Figure 1 The sets A, B are well-separated with respect to s The total number of procedure calls is bounded by the number of well-separated pairs reported, which can be shown to be in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Soil Science (2006)

by Rattan Lal

In the absence of oxygen and other electron acceptors, CH4 is the final product of soil organic matter decomposition. Human activities, including changes in land use and soil management, are contributing to unprecedented rapid increases in ...

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 previewEncyclopaedia of Mathematics (1997)

An Updated and Annotated Translation of the Soviet "Mathematical Encyclopaedia by Michiel Hazewinkel, Ivan Matveevič Vinogradov

\m/ h(Xt The following theorem is called Hoeffding 's decomposition theorem, and the representation of the U-statistic as in the theorem is called the Hoeffding decomposition of CM/0 (see ...

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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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