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1. To resolve a compound into its component parts; to disintegrate.
2. To decay; to putrefy.
[L. de, from, down, + com-pono, pp. -positus, to put together]


v. decom·posed, decom·posing, decom·poses
1. To separate into components or basic elements.
2. To cause to rot.
1. To become broken down into components; disintegrate.
2. To decay; rot or putrefy.

de′com·pos′a·bil′i·ty n.
de′com·pos′a·ble adj.
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The novelty in the approach is that the formulations of the model and its decomposability allow Khan to isolate price reactions from quantity reactions.
If relative frequency is an important factor in morphological decomposition, this correlation raises the possibility that previous observations regarding correlations between the absolute frequency of the derived form and decomposability may in fact be artifactual.
This concludes the proof of the decomposability theorem.
Litter decomposability - a neglected component of plant fitness.
This measure also satisfies the property of decomposability.
Table 3, which has been adapted from Zwarts (2005: 759), gives a more perspicuous overview of the decomposability of the prepositions discussed in this paragraph.
Hence an upper bound for the probability of decomposability is the l-th power of the satisfaction of one of the conditions.
These findings are consistent with current understanding of organic matter decomposition, with many decomposition modelling frameworks now incorporating at least 2 pools of organic matter based on decomposability.
The CSCP is an RDF based meta language, hence it inherits the inter changeability, decomposability and extensibility of RDF.
Pach published the first papers about decomposability of multiple coverings.
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1999) demonstrated that the decomposability of native and added organic matter in a set of natural and artificial soils was better explained by differences in water content than in texture among soils.