Decomposition

Definition of Decomposition

De`com`po`si´tion
n.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.
2.The state of being reduced into original elements.
3.Repeated composition; a combination of compounds.
Decomposition of forces
Same as Resolution of forces, under Resolution.
Decomposition of light
the division of light into the prismatic colors.

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ablation, atomization, biodegradability, biodegradation, breakup, caries, carrion, corrosion, corruption, crumbling, decay, degradability, degradation, dilapidation, disintegration, disjunction, disorganization, dissolution, dry rot, erosion, foulness, gangrene, incoherence, mildew, mold, mortification, necrosis, oxidation, oxidization, putrefaction, putrescence, putridity, putridness, rancidity, rancidness, rankness, ravages of time, resolution, rot, rottenness, rust, slough, sphacelation, sphacelus, spoilage, tooth decay, wear, wear and tear
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