- The decayed remains of organic matter that has rotted into a natural fertilizer.
- Dig plenty of compost into clay or sandy soil to improve its structure.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iv]:
- And do not spread the compost on the weeds / To make them ranker.
- (obsolete) A mixture; a compound.
- A sad compost of more bitter than sweet.
compost (composts, present participle composting; past and past participle composted)
- To produce compost, let organic matter decay into fertilizer.
- If you compost your grass clippings, you can improve your soil.