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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.
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  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 previewDesign Patterns Explained (2004)

A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design by Alan Shalloway, James R. Trott

The challenge with this approach: With great power comes great responsibility Another problem with functional decomposition is that it does not help us prepare the code for possible ...

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 previewData Fusion and Perception (2001)

by Giacomo Della Riccia, Hanz-Joachim Lenz, Rudolf Kruse

Function decomposition is a promising mechanism for machine learning. This paper investigates its use as a redundancy removal and feature construction preprocessor. Experiments show that its combination with naive Bayesian classifier ...

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 the need ...

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

by Eric W. Weisstein

See also MATRIX, MATRIX MULTIPLICATION Matrix Decomposition Matrix decomposition refers to the transformation of a given matrix (often assumed to be a SQUARE ...

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


Google previewEncyclopedia of Soil Science (2006)

by R. Lal

Low temperature reduces microbial activity, litter decomposition rates, and nutrient availability and increases C accumulation in soil. In contrast with high latitudes, conditions in a tropical forest favor microbial activity throughout the year , which ...

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 previewThe MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (2001)

by Robert Andrew Wilson, Frank C. Keil

Functional decomposition is the analysis of the activity of a system as the product of a set of subordinate functions performed by independent subsystems, each with its own characteristic domain of application. It assumes that there are a variety ...

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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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