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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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When a node receives a calculation request which is not decomposable, it executes it locally, and returns the result to the requestor.
Note that this measure is not decomposable in the sense that we defined above.
Also, not only is the transaction the obvious unit of analysis for describing exchange in the market but, if and as internal organization is not one large in decomposable whole but is broken down into nearly decomposable subsystems (Simon 1962, pp.
Authority relations and market-based relations are better suited to addressing partially and fully decomposable problems, respectively (Nickerson and Zenger, 2004).
Shibazaki, "Method and Apparatus for Treating Wastewater for Decomposing Biologically Hardly Decomposable Substances by Electrolysis and Oxidation," Japanese Patent 126,861 (2003).
5 And don't forget to get into good habits and begin gathering decomposable home and kitchen waste and get that compost heap going.
The gaming industry needs to make their technologies decomposable, so that the Pentagon can "bring in the middleware.
Schelling takes up this infinite deconstructibility of products by theorizing matter as decomposable and hence also composable into further combinations: a notion developed by Leibniz in the Monadology and extended into the sphere of natural science by Charles Bonnet.
This means that the bones had been deposited in the decomposable box or bag following a precise sequence: first the body and then the head.
It is more difficult to divide a globalized world political economy into decomposable hierarchies on the basis of states and issue-areas as units.
Their definition of Learning Objects is in some respects similar to the Virtual Workspace Environment (VWE) taxonomy, since they mean that Learning Objects should be regarded as decomposable, and that there must be a separation between data, operations, and the carrier of the data.
Decomposable rubbish which is turned into compost is the most common form of recycled material followed by paper and card.