What does the word decomposition mean?

Usage examples for decomposition

  1. They had driven the Basutos before them, and had reached a point where the path leads up a narrow cleft formed by the decomposition of the dyke, between walls of rock some twenty feet high. – Impressions of South Africa by James Bryce
  2. Thus by the Union of Utrecht on the one hand, and the fast approaching reconciliation of the Walloon provinces on the other, the work of decomposition and of construction went Land in hand. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  3. Death had begun the decomposition of the sick man's body even before it was a corpse. – Balzac by Frederick Lawton