Part of speech: verb

To separate into constituent parts; decay; putrefy.

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Usage examples "decompose":

  1. Why does a piece of potassium decompose water? - "The Chemical History Of A Candle", Michael Faraday.
  2. Something still escapes in the most ingenious fabrication which serves to decompose the materials. - "Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)", 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", Various.