|1.||a mixture of organic residues such as decomposed vegetation, manure, etc, used as a fertilizer|
|2.||a mixture, normally of plant remains, peat, charcoal, etc, in which plants are grown, esp in pots|
|3.||rare a compound or mixture|
|4.||to make (vegetable matter) into compost|
|5.||to fertilize with compost|
|[C14: from Old French compost, from Latin compositus put together; see |
|compost (kŏm'pōst') Pronunciation Key
A mixture of decayed or decaying organic matter used to fertilize soil. Compost is usually made by gathering plant material, such as leaves, grass clippings, and vegetable peels, into a pile or bin and letting it decompose as a result of the action of aerobic bacteria, fungi, and other organisms.