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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DECOMPOSING

She thought that she could feel inside herself a soft, decomposing corpse.

It is found in rich ground and decomposing vegetable matter.

Does an idle cell discharge itself by decomposing its electrolyte?

The idea of this decomposing body, that I might yet recognize, haunted me.

For this purpose the "decomposing," "relaxing" or "devitalizing" motions are given.

It is true, that the whole country is changeing, decomposing!

The decomposing effect of the warm air filled us all with astonishment.

Birds, decomposing more rapidly, left only feathered skeletons.

What proportions of lime and salt are required for the decomposing mixture?

By decomposing groups of figures you compose groups of movement.

WORD ORIGIN

1750s, "to separate into components," from de- "opposite of" + compose. Sense of "putrefy" is first recorded 1777. Related: Decomposed; decomposing.

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