Decompose

  • 1 décomposé — ⇒DÉCOMPOSÉ, ÉE, part. passé et adj. I. Part. passé de décomposer. II. Adjectif A. [Correspond à décomposer A] 1. Un corps, une substance décomposé(e). La lumière, un rayon décomposé(e). L eau décomposée en ses éléments constitutifs (VERNE, Île… …

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  • 2 décomposé — décomposé, ée (dé kon pô zé, zée) part. passé. 1°   Dont la composition est détruite. L eau décomposée par les chimistes en oxygène et hydrogène. 2°   Terme de botanique. Feuilles décomposées, feuilles qui sont partagées en nombreuses divisions… …

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  • 3 decompose — [v1] rot, break up break down, crumble, decay, disintegrate, dissolve, fall apart, fester, molder, putrefy, putresce, spoil, taint, turn; concept 469 Ant. combine, develop, grow, improve decompose [v2] analyze by taking apart anatomize, atomize,… …

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  • 4 Decompose — De com*pose , v. i. To become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Decompose — De com*pose , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Decomposed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Decomposing}.] [Cf. F. d[ e]composer. Cf. {Discompose}.] To separate the constituent parts of; to resolve into original elements; to set free from previously existing forms of… …

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  • 6 decompose — index decay, degenerate, deteriorate, disintegrate, disorganize, dissolve (disperse), spoil (impair …

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  • 7 decompose — 1750s, to separate into components, from DE (Cf. de ), privative prefix (see DE (Cf. de )), + COMPOSE (Cf. compose). Sense of putrefy is first recorded 1777. Related: Decomposed; decomposing …

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  • 8 decompose — *decay, rot, putrefy, spoil, disintegrate, crumble Analogous words: deliquesce, *liquefy, melt …

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  • 9 decomposé — Decomposé, [decompos]ée. part. Il a les significations de son verbe …

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  • 10 decompose — ► VERB 1) (of organic matter) decay. 2) break down into component elements. DERIVATIVES decomposable adjective decomposition noun …

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  • 11 decompose — [dē΄kəm pōz′] vt., vi. decomposed, decomposing [Fr décomposer: see DE & COMPOSE] 1. to break up or separate into basic components or parts 2. to rot SYN. DECAY decomposable adj. decomposition [dē΄käm pə zish′ən] …

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  • 12 decompose — verb Etymology: French décomposer, from dé de + composer to compose Date: 1718 transitive verb 1. to separate into constituent parts or elements or into simpler compounds < decompose water by electrolysis > < decompose a word into its base and… …

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  • 13 decompose — verb 1) the carcasses will not decompose in these subzero temperatures Syn: decay, rot, putrefy, go bad, go off, spoil, fester, perish, deteriorate; degrade, break down, molder, shrivel, wither 2) some minerals decompose rapidly …

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  • 14 decompose — UK [ˌdiːkəmˈpəʊz] / US [ˌdɪkəmˈpoʊz] verb [intransitive] Word forms decompose : present tense I/you/we/they decompose he/she/it decomposes present participle decomposing past tense decomposed past participle decomposed 1) biology to decay by a… …

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  • 15 decompose — decomposable, adj. decomposability, n. /dee keuhm pohz /, v., decomposed, decomposing. v.t. 1. to separate or resolve into constituent parts or elements; disintegrate: The bacteria decomposed the milk into its solid and liquid elements. v.i. 2.… …

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  • 16 decompose — 1. To resolve a compound into its component parts; to disintegrate. 2. To decay; to putrefy. [L. de, from, down, + com pono, pp. positus, to put together] * * * de·com·pose .dē kəm pōz vb, posed; pos·ing vt to separate into constituent parts or… …

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  • 17 decompose — [[t]di͟ːkəmpo͟ʊz[/t]] decomposes, decomposing, decomposed V ERG When things such as dead plants or animals decompose, or something decomposes them, they change chemically and begin to decay. ...a dead body found decomposing in a wood... [V into… …

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  • 18 decompose — verb /ˌdiːkəmˈpəʊz/ a) to separate or break down something into its components; to disintegrate or fragment b) to rot, decay or putrefy See Also: decomposition …

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  • 19 decompose — verb PHRASES ▪ badly decomposed, partially decomposed, partly decomposed ▪ His badly decomposed body was found many weeks later …

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  • 20 decompose — Synonyms and related words: ablate, anatomize, atomize, break down, break up, canker, come apart, consume, corrode, corrupt, crack up, crumble, crumble into dust, decay, deliquesce, disintegrate, disjoin, disorganize, dissect, dissolve, erode,… …

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