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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 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 (16 years ago)
  5. "Decomposition" is a musical album of Nousia.
    • released on
  6. "Decomposition" is a musical album of Doomdozer.
    • released on
  7. "Decomposition" is a composition.


  1. Decomposition is the process by which organic substances are broken down into a much simpler form 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 τάφος taphos, meaning tomb.
    • also known as Σάπισμα
  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.

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 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 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 previewMastering Scientific Computing with R (2015)

by Paul Gerrard, Radia M. Johnson

Matrix decomposition is the matrix equivalent to algebraic factorization. In this section, we will...

Google previewAccess 2013 Bible (2013)

by Michael Alexander, Richard Kusleika

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 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 previewVan Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia (2013)

by Douglas M. Considine, Glenn D. Considine

Complete decomposition refers to such a condition of the products that they are not readily decomposed further, e.g., such...

Google previewThe Photographic Journal of America (1918)

The Oldest Photography Magazine in America

The result of decomposition is the formation of hypo, or its equivalent, and when a solution containing hypo is applied to the bleached print, the immediate result of such application ...

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 previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1982)

Volume 14 - Crystallization: Nucleation Systems to Design Data-Importance of Accuracy by John J. McKetta Jr

Product decomposition in conjunction with corrosion products (example : metal sulfides) are commonly encountered scales in ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Mathematics (2012)

Supplement by Michiel Hazewinkel

Iwasawa decomposition. The QR-factorization for real non-singular matrices immediately leads to the Iwasawa factorization A = QDR with Q orthogonal, D diagonal and R an upper (or lower) triangular matrix with 1s on the diagonal, giving an ...

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 previewEncyclopaedia Britannica; Or A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1823)


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 ...

Google previewConcise Dictionary of Materials Science (2002)

Structure and Characterization of Polycrystalline Materials by Vladimir Novikov

decomposition In a phase diagram with a miscibility gap, a phase transition in a solid solution, α, which decomposes upon cooling into isomorphous solid solutions, α1 and α2 (see Figure ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Soil Science (2008)

by Ward Chesworth

The decomposition of NPP leads to the selective preservation of some resistant plant constituents, such as lignin.

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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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