What does the word decompose mean?

Usage examples for decompose

  1. Why does a piece of potassium decompose water? – The Chemical History Of A Candle by Michael Faraday
  2. Something still escapes in the most ingenious fabrication which serves to decompose the materials. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3) by Isaac Disraeli
  3. It could not disintegrate them nor decompose their bodies, but the contacts were many and the liberation of heat enormous. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930 by Various