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Definition of "compost" []

  • A mixture of decaying organic matter, as from leaves and manure, used to improve soil structure and provide nutrients. (noun)
  • A composition; a mixture. (noun)
  • To fertilize with a mixture of decaying organic matter. (verb-transitive)
  • To convert (vegetable matter) to compost. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "compost" in a sentence
  • "Then follows the maturation of the compost manure, a stage that is reached during this final process in which particles of decomposed refuse slowly turn into humus, which we refer to as compost manure."
  • "Students used old bleachers from Madigan Gym and wood stumps to create the terraced rows, and they fertilized the less-than-ideal soil with compost from the dining halls."
  • "Plunge to half their depth in compost or a trench in open ground if you don't have a frame."