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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·com·pose v. t. [imp. & p. p. Decomposed p. pr. & vb. n. Decomposing.]  To separate the constituent parts of; to resolve into original elements; to set free from previously existing forms of chemical combination; to bring to dissolution; to rot or decay.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : becoming rotten; "a field covered with thousands of
            decomposing bodies"; "John Brown's body lies
            a-moldering in the grave" [syn: moldering, mouldering]