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Definitions of decay

  1. fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; as of particles in nuclear fission Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the organic phenomenon of rotting Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the process of gradually becoming inferior Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. 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
  8. lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. undergo decay or decomposition; "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. Destruction; death. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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
  12. To cause to decay; to impair. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To destroy. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. 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
  15. Cause of decay. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Decayed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. To rot; decline or fail. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. Decline; gradual failure in mind or body; ruin; rottenness; corruption. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. Decaying. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. 1. The destruction of an organic substance by slow combustion, or gradual oxidation. 2. Putrefaction. 3. To deteriorate, to undergo slow combustion or putrefaction. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  21. 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.
  22. A falling into a worse or less perfect state: a passing away. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. Decline; waste; decomposition. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. To waste away; become decomposed. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. To affect or be affected by decay; impair; deteriorate; decline. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. A gradual decline; decomposition; corruption; rottenness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. Gradual failure or decline towards dissolution or extinction. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. To decline, waste, or wither away. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  29. 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.
  30. A gradual failure; decline of fortune; corruption. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. [Nuclear physics] An automatic conversion which is applied tomost array-valued expressions in C; they "decay into"pointer-valued expressions pointing to the array's firstelement. This term is not used in the official standard forthe language. foldoc_fs
  32. d[=e]-k[=a]', v.i. to fall away from a state of health or excellence: to waste away.--v.t. to cause to waste away: to impair.--n. a falling into a worse or less perfect state: a passing away: loss of fortune: (obs.) misfortune.--p.adj. DECAYED', reduced in circumstances.--n. DECAYED'NESS. [O. Fr. decair--L. de, from cad[)e]re, to fall.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  33. A gradual deterioration, decline, or disintegration leading to ultimate dissolution. na
  34. Deteriorate, lose quality, decline in power, wealth, energy, beauty, &c.; rot (t. & i.); cause to deteriorate. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  35. Decline, falling off; ruinous state, wasting away (phonetic d., wearing down of word-forms); break-up of health; decomposition; rotten tissue (remove the d.). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  36. A decline of the normal condition of a substance or of the whole or a part of an organism, especially putrefactive decomposition; also the condition of having undergone such a decline; figuratively, the gradual failure of health and strength incident to old age. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  37. n. Gradual failure of health, strength, soundness, prosperity, or any kind of excellence or perfection;—decline; deterioration; rottenness. Cabinet Dictionary
  38. Decline from the state of perfection; declension from prosperity; consumption. Complete Dictionary

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