Decomposition of light
Decomposition De*com`po*si"tion, n. [Pref. de- (in sense 3 intensive) + composition: cf. F. d['e]composition. Cf. {Decomposition}.] 1. The act or process of resolving the constituent parts of a compound body or substance into its elementary parts; separation into constituent part; analysis; the decay or dissolution consequent on the removal or alteration of some of the ingredients of a compound; disintegration; as, the decomposition of wood, rocks, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being reduced into original elements. [1913 Webster]

3. Repeated composition; a combination of compounds. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

{Decomposition of forces}. Same as {Resolution of forces}, under {Resolution}.

{Decomposition of light}, the division of light into the prismatic colors. [1913 Webster]


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