To decompose something is to break it down into its component parts and then to turn it into waste. When you decompose a corpse, you are breaking down the body into its basic chemicals and tissues.

  • The body was decomposing rapidly because of the heat.

  • The decomposing corpse was giving off a bad odor.

Definition of decomposing


To separate or break down something into its components; to disintegrate or fragment


To rot, decay or putrefy

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Example Sentences for decomposing

  • 1

    It is the electronic equivalent of decomposing trash.

  • 2

    The larvae will then accumulate and nourish on the decomposing carcass.

  • 3

    The tetralin was decomposed by the high temperature sodium.

  • 4

    It is known to very slowly decompose in the presence of water.

  • 5

    It is now dawn, and the vampire begins to decompose in the daylight.

  • 6

    The simple idea of DRP is to decompose the article into sentences.

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    There the waste can decompose without endangering the ants.

  • 8

    But once the blood is outside the body on the pads it will begin to decompose.

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    The QR decomposition allows us to decompose the matrix X into.

  • 10

    The algae sink to the bottom and use the oxygen when they decompose.