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DECOMPOSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does decompose mean? 

DECOMPOSE (verb)
  The verb DECOMPOSE has 3 senses:

1. separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts
2. lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current
3. break down

  Familiarity information: DECOMPOSE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DECOMPOSE (verb)


Sense 1decompose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Separate (substances) into constituent elements or parts

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

decompose; break down; break up

Hypernyms (to "decompose" is one way to...):

separate (divide into components or constituents)

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "decompose"):

digest (soften or disintegrate by means of chemical action, heat, or moisture)

dissociate (to undergo a reversible or temporary breakdown of a molecule into simpler molecules or atoms)

crack (reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2decompose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

decay; decompose; disintegrate

Context example:

the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process

Hypernyms (to "decompose" is one way to...):

change integrity (change in physical make-up)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3decompose [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Break down

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

rot; moulder; molder; decompose

Context example:

The bodies decomposed in the heat

Hypernyms (to "decompose" is one way to...):

decay (undergo decay or decomposition)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "decompose"):

biodegrade (break down naturally through the action of biological agents)

hang (suspend (meat) in order to get a gamey taste)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something ----s something


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