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Definitions of decay

  1. To decline, waste, or wither away. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To affect or be affected by decay; impair; deteriorate; decline. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To rot; decline or fail. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To fall away from a state of health or excellence: to waste away. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To waste away; become decomposed. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To become less perfect; to fail; to decline; to waste away. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. Decaying. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. the organic phenomenon of rotting Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. the process of gradually becoming inferior Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying; "the corpse was in an advanced state of decay"; "the house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. undergo decay or decomposition; "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. To pass gradually from a sound, prosperous, or perfect state, to one of imperfection, adversity, or dissolution; to waste away; to decline; to fail; to become weak, corrupt, or disintegrated; to rot; to perish; as, a tree decays; fortunes decay; hopes decay. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Gradual failure of health, strength, soundness, prosperity, or of any species of excellence or perfection; tendency toward dissolution or extinction; corruption; rottenness; decline; deterioration; as, the decay of the body; the decay of virtue; the decay of the Roman empire; a castle in decay. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Cause of decay. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Decline; gradual failure in mind or body; ruin; rottenness; corruption. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. A falling into a worse or less perfect state: a passing away. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. Decline; waste; decomposition. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. A gradual decline; decomposition; corruption; rottenness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Gradual failure or decline towards dissolution or extinction. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. A gradual failure; decline of fortune; corruption. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for decay

  1. The widow's cottage gave signs of decay though it was evident that such attempts as required no expense had been made to keep it in repair. – The History of Little Peter, the Ship Boy by W.H.G. Kingston
  2. I think the decay has gone too far for that. – The Free Press by Hilaire Belloc
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