compost

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noun

com·​post ˈkäm-ˌpōst How to pronounce compost (audio)
 especially British  -ˌpäst
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: a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter and is used for fertilizing and conditioning land
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compost

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verb

composted; composting; composts

transitive verb

: to convert (a material, such as plant debris) to compost
compostable adjective
composter noun

Examples of compost in a Sentence

Verb We compost leaves in our backyard.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Plant nutrition consists of fertilizers applied in spring as well as manure or compost. Barb Sands, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2024 According to Hoffman’s application to the commission, the compound uses a system design that includes grey water and blackwater recycling, compost toilets and worm composting facilities. Richard Halstead, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 Neighborhood compost distribution events also are planned. Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman, 25 Jan. 2024 These include things like buildings, raised beds, and compost handling. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2024 Using food waste as compost can avoid both the methane emissions from food scraps buried in landfills and the need for synthetic fertilizers made from fossil fuels. Benjamin Goldstein, The Conversation, 22 Jan. 2024 More recently, however, the team set out to determine what happened to the particles in compost. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2024 Stems and leaves go into compost or layer them onto your garden beds to decompose in place. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2024 Flaco became a fixture in and around the North Woods and the Loch, hunting nearby at a compost pile and a construction site where internet pictures of him hang in a trailer. Ed Shanahan, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024
Verb
According to Hoffman’s application to the commission, the compound uses a system design that includes grey water and blackwater recycling, compost toilets and worm composting facilities. Richard Halstead, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 Not all composting programs accept the same types of food waste. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 9 Jan. 2024 Oceanside trash rates, as customers of the national company Waste Management, will go up about 25 percent, in part because of the addition of kitchen scraps and other organic materials to composting, as required by state law. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023 Staff are highly trained on material disposal and recycling, along with food composting, and the eco-friendly mind-set makes its way into the dishes too: A spring dessert transformed what would have been discarded corn husks into an ash to top a corn cream made from a stock that used the cobs. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 Bag and seal all the plant parts in a plastic bag and trash — do not compost or greenwaste — those plants. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2024 Rain and recycled water is sourced from an underground well for use throughout the exhibit, and the plants without any viable life at the end of the exhibition are composted. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 1 Feb. 2024 Most people think of composting as something that is stinky and takes up a lot of space, but it can be done in a completely odorless way with this countertop electric composter. Taylor Gumm, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 The composting program will come with a learning curve. Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin compostum, from Latin, neuter of compositus, compostus, past participle of componere

First Known Use

Noun

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1829, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of compost was in 1587

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Cite this Entry

“Compost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compost. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

compost

noun
com·​post
ˈkäm-ˌpōst
: a mixture largely of decayed matter of once living things (as grass) or their products (as coffee grinds) and used for fertilizing and conditioning land
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