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Compost definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COMPOST, n. In agriculture, a mixture or composition of various manuring substances for fertilizing land. Compost may be made by almost every animal and vegetable substance in nature, with lime or other earthy matter.
COMPOST, v.t. To manure with compost.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a mixture of decaying vegetation and manure; used as a fertilizer v
1: convert to compost; "compost organic debris"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin compostum, from Latin, neuter of compositus, compostus, past participle of componere Date: 1587 1. a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter and is used for fertilizing and conditioning land 2. mixture, compound II. transitive verb Date: 1829 to convert (as plant debris) to compost compostable adjective composter noun

Britannica Concise

Mass of rotted organic matter made from decomposed plant materials or from waste-plant residues. It is used in agriculture and gardening generally to improve soil structure rather than as a fertilizer, because it is low in plant nutrients. When properly prepared, it is free of obnoxious odors. Composts commonly contain about 2% nitrogen, 0.5-1% phosphorus, and about 2% potassium. Lime and nitrogen fertilizers and manure may be added to speed decomposition. The nitrogen of compost becomes available slowly and in small amounts. Because of their low nutrient content, composts are applied in large amounts.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a mixed manure, esp. of organic origin. b a loam soil or other medium with added compost, used for growing plants. 2 a mixture of ingredients (a rich compost of lies and innuendo). --v.tr. 1 treat (soil) with compost. 2 make (manure, vegetable matter, etc.) into compost. Phrases and idioms: compost heap (or pile) a layered structure of garden refuse, soil, etc., which decays to become compost. Etymology: ME f. OF composte f. L compos(i)tum (as COMPOSITE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Compost Com"post, v. t. 1. To manure with compost. 2. To mingle, as different fertilizing substances, in a mass where they will decompose and form into a compost.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Compost Com"post (?; 277), n.[OF. compost, fr. L. compositus, p. p. See Composite.] 1. A mixture; a compound. [R.] A sad compost of more bitter than sweet. --Hammond. 2. (Agric.) A mixture for fertilizing land; esp., a composition of various substances (as muck, mold, lime, and stable manure) thoroughly mingled and decomposed, as in a compost heap. And do not spread the compost on the weeds To make them ranker. --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(composts, composting, composted) 1. Compost is a mixture of decayed plants and vegetable waste which is added to the soil to help plants grow. ...a small compost heap. 2. Compost is specially treated soil that you buy and use to grow seeds and plants in pots. N-MASS 3. To compost things such as unwanted bits of plants means to make them into compost. Cut down and compost spent cucumbers, tomatoes and other crops... VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Manure, fertilizer, fertilizing mixture.

Moby Thesaurus

admixture, ammonia, castor-bean meal, commercial fertilizer, commixture, composite, compound, dressing, dung, enrichener, fertilizer, fusion, guano, immixture, interfusion, intermixture, manure, mix, muck, night soil, nitrate, nitrogen, organic fertilizer, phosphate, superphosphate


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