Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To separate the constituent parts of; to resolve into original elements; to set free from previously existing forms of chemical combination; to bring to dissolution; to rot or decay.
To become resolved or returned from existing combinations; to undergo dissolution; to decay; to rot.
Webster 1828 Edition
DECOMPO'SING, ppr. Separating into constituent parts.
DECOMPOS'ITE, a. Compounded a second time; compounded with things already composite.
decompose (third-person singular simple present decomposes, present participle decomposing, simple past and past participle decomposed)
- (transitive) to separate or break down something into its components; to disintegrate or fragment
- (intransitive) to rot, decay or putrefy