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DECOMPOSITION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does decomposition mean? 

DECOMPOSITION (noun)
  The noun DECOMPOSITION has 5 senses:

1. the analysis of a vector field
2. in a decomposed state
3. (chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance
4. the organic phenomenon of rotting
5. (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action

  Familiarity information: DECOMPOSITION used as a noun is common.


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DECOMPOSITION (noun)


Sense 1decomposition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The analysis of a vector field

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

decomposition; vector decomposition

Hypernyms ("decomposition" is a kind of...):

vector algebra (the part of algebra that deals with the theory of vectors and vector spaces)


Sense 2decomposition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a decomposed state

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

disintegration; decomposition

Hypernyms ("decomposition" is a kind of...):

decay (an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "decomposition"):

fragmentation (the disintegration of social norms governing behavior and thought and social relationships)


Sense 3decomposition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(chemistry) separation of a substance into two or more substances that may differ from each other and from the original substance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

chemical decomposition reaction; decomposition reaction; decomposition

Hypernyms ("decomposition" is a kind of...):

chemical reaction; reaction ((chemistry) a process in which one or more substances are changed into others)

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)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "decomposition"):

electrolysis ((chemistry) a chemical decomposition reaction produced by passing an electric current through a solution containing ions)


Sense 4decomposition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The organic phenomenon of rotting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

decay; decomposition

Hypernyms ("decomposition" is a kind of...):

organic phenomenon ((biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals)


Sense 5decomposition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

rotting; rot; putrefaction; decomposition

Hypernyms ("decomposition" is a kind of...):

decay (the process of gradually becoming inferior)

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)


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