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decomposer Tweet Definition of decomposer Like Definition of decomposer on Facebook
noun
  1. (ecology) Any organism that feeds off of decomposing organic material. Especially bacterium or fungi.
desert Tweet Definition of desert Like Definition of desert on Facebook
noun
  1. That which is considered to be deserved or merit, merited; a just punishment or reward (usually in plural).
verb
  1. To leave (anything that depends on one's presence to survive, exist, or succeed), especially when contrary to a promise or obligation; to abandon; to forsake.
You can't just drive off and me here, in the middle of nowhere.
  1. To leave one's duty or post, especially to leave a military or naval unit without permission
Anyone found deserting will be shot.
desertification Tweet Definition of desertification Like Definition of desertification on Facebook
noun
  1. Process by which a geographic region becomes a desert. The change may result from natural changes in climate or by human activity.
dominant Tweet Definition of dominant Like Definition of dominant on Facebook
noun
  1. (music) The fifth major tone of a musical scale (five major steps above the note in question); thus G is the dominant of C, A of D, and so on.
  2. (music) The triad built on the dominant tone.
adjective
  1. Ruling; governing; prevailing; controlling; predominant; as, the dominant party, church, spirit, power.
duff Tweet Definition of duff Like Definition of duff on Facebook
noun
  1. A stiff flour pudding, often with dried fruit, boiled in a cloth bag, or steamed
    1901: The storekeeper had sent them an unbroken case of canned plum pudding, and probably by this time he was wondering what had become of that blanky case of duff. — w:Henry Lawson, Henry Lawson, short story The Ghosts of Many Christmases, published in Children of the Bush http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/7065
    1. (baseball) (slang) an 1800s baseball term meaning an error
    2. (context, Scotland, US) decaying vegetable matter on the forest floor
    3. (slang) the bits left in the bottom of the bag after the booty has been consumed, like crumbs
    4. (slang) the buttocks; normally used in the phrases to sit on (one's) duff or get off (one's) duff
verb
  1. (golf) to hit the ground behind the ball. It is a back-formation from "duffer".category:Back-formationscategory:Requests for cleanup
  2. (Australia) to alter the branding of stolen cattle; to steal cattle.
adjective
  1. not working properly
    • Why do I always get a shopping trolley with wheels?
dystrophy Tweet Definition of dystrophy Like Definition of dystrophy on Facebook
noun (plural:dystrophies)
  1. A wasting of body tissues, of genetic origin or due to inadequate or defective nutrition.

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