Phrases with "decomposing"

Further, it shows that the mere contact of a foreign body does not of itself stimulate granulations to suppurate; whereas the presence of decomposing organic matter does. On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery by Joseph Lister [1867]

Edith Wharton God knows he didn’t want to be — would rather not have had a decomposing mind. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Edith Wharton But what was the alternative they proposed? A microscopic analysis of the minute in man, as if the highest imaginative art consisted in decomposing him into his constituent atoms. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Willa Cather Birds, decomposing more rapidly, left only feathered skeletons. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Hence it appears that caries, when no longer labouring as heretofore under the irritation of decomposing matter, ceases to be an opprobrium of surgery, and recovers like other inflammatory affections. On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery by Joseph Lister [1867]

Virginia Woolf Here come warm gusts of decomposing leaves, of rotting vegetation. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

James Joyce Imagine some foul and putrid corpse that has lain rotting and decomposing in the grave, a jelly-like mass of liquid corruption. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

It has been ascribed, and probably with reason, to the percolation through the rocks of rain-water charged with a little acid from the decomposing vegetation. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Edith Wharton Life wasn’t like that to Chris’s decomposing intelligence. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Virginia Woolf We are nauseated by the sight of trivial personalities decomposing in the eternity of print. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Edith Wharton The doctor’s phrase had acted like some strange corrosive, decomposing Vance’s visible world. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

And, indeed, the moral poison of falsehood has such a decomposing power that Renouard felt his old personality turn to dead dust. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Jules Verne It was plain that the third invading column was advancing rapidly in the East; that could be seen by the ruins which they left after them — the cold cinders and the already decomposing corpses. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]