- The state or process of rotting; decay: the decomposition of organic wasteMore example sentences
decay, rotting, going bad, putrefaction, putrescence, putridity, festering, spoilage, perishing• archaic corruptionbreaking up, breaking apart, fragmenting, disintegration, crumbling, dissolution, dissolving; breaking down, decay, decayingatomization, dissolution, resolution, analysis, reduction• rare fractionation
- A veterinary surgeon who visited the farm later reported a smell which indicated the advanced decomposition of animal remains.
- Police reported that the bodies were in such a state of decomposition that they were unable to tell if there were any marks of violence.
- Layers of leaves or other organic matter are sometimes added to speed decomposition.