What does decay mean?

Definitions for decay
dɪˈkeɪde·cay

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decaynoun

    the process of gradually becoming inferior

  2. decay, declinenoun

    a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current

  3. decay, decompositionnoun

    the organic phenomenon of rotting

  4. decaynoun

    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"

  5. decay, radioactive decay, disintegrationverb

    the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation

  6. disintegrate, decay, decomposeverb

    lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current

    "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"

  7. decay, crumble, dilapidateverb

    fall into decay or ruin

    "The unoccupied house started to decay"

  8. decayverb

    undergo decay or decomposition

    "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"

Wiktionary

  1. decaynoun

    The process or result of being gradually decomposed.

    Etymology: From decair, from *, restored form of decidere, from de + cadere; compare decadent and decadence.

  2. decaynoun

    A deterioration of condition.

    Etymology: From decair, from *, restored form of decidere, from de + cadere; compare decadent and decadence.

  3. decayverb

    To deteriorate, to get worse, to lose strength or health, to decline in quality.

    The pair loved to take pictures in the decaying hospital on forty-third street.

    Etymology: From decair, from *, restored form of decidere, from de + cadere; compare decadent and decadence.

  4. decayverb

    To rot, to go bad.

    The cat's body decayed rapidly.

    Etymology: From decair, from *, restored form of decidere, from de + cadere; compare decadent and decadence.

  5. decayverb

    To change by undergoing fission, by emitting radiation, or by capturing or losing one or more electrons.

    Etymology: From decair, from *, restored form of decidere, from de + cadere; compare decadent and decadence.

  6. decayverb

    To undergo optical decay, that is, to relax to a less excited state, usually by emitting a photon or phonon.

    Etymology: From decair, from *, restored form of decidere, from de + cadere; compare decadent and decadence.

  7. decayverb

    To cause to rot or deteriorate.

    The extreme humidity decayed the wooden sculptures in the museum's collection in a matter of years.

    Etymology: From decair, from *, restored form of decidere, from de + cadere; compare decadent and decadence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decayverb

    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

    Etymology: [OF. decaeir, dechaer, decheoir, F. dchoir, to decline, fall, become less; L. de- + cadere to fall. See Chance.]

  2. Decayverb

    to cause to decay; to impair

    Etymology: [OF. decaeir, dechaer, decheoir, F. dchoir, to decline, fall, become less; L. de- + cadere to fall. See Chance.]

  3. Decayverb

    to destroy

    Etymology: [OF. decaeir, dechaer, decheoir, F. dchoir, to decline, fall, become less; L. de- + cadere to fall. See Chance.]

  4. Decaynoun

    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

    Etymology: [OF. decaeir, dechaer, decheoir, F. dchoir, to decline, fall, become less; L. de- + cadere to fall. See Chance.]

  5. Decaynoun

    destruction; death

    Etymology: [OF. decaeir, dechaer, decheoir, F. dchoir, to decline, fall, become less; L. de- + cadere to fall. See Chance.]

  6. Decaynoun

    cause of decay

    Etymology: [OF. decaeir, dechaer, decheoir, F. dchoir, to decline, fall, become less; L. de- + cadere to fall. See Chance.]

Freebase

  1. Decay

    Decay is a fictional character owned by DC Comics. She appears as a villain in the Wonder Woman comic book series.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decay

    dē-kā′, 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 cadĕre, to fall.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. decay

    [from nuclear physics] An automatic conversion which is applied to most array-valued expressions in C; they ‘decay into’ pointer-valued expressions pointing to the array's first element. This term is borderline techspeak, but is not used in the official standard for the language.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decay in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of decay in a Sentence

  1. Harold Wilson:

    He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.

  2. Alfred North Whitehead:

    Without adventure civilization is in full decay.

  3. Jonathan Shenkin:

    This study simply adds to the body of evidence that associates secondhand smoke and an increased risk of tooth decay among children, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in childhood.

  4. Rita Hayes:

    It’s just another indication of the social and moral decay of our society.

  5. Sallust:

    As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay.

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  • تضعضع, تحلل, اضمحلArabic
  • влошаване, гния, загнивам, разлагам се, развалям се, разлаганеBulgarian
  • rozklad, rozkládat se, hniloba, hnítCzech
  • henfaldDanish
  • Verwesung, verfallen, verfaulen, verrotten, verderben, verwesen, Verfall, faulen, abklingen, zerfallen, vermodernGerman
  • kadukiĝoEsperanto
  • deteriorar, pudrirSpanish
  • lahoaminen, rapautuminen, heikentyä, rapautua, maatua, mädäntyä, laho, heikkeneminen, rappeutua, heiketä, pilaantua, lahotaFinnish
  • décrépitude, pourrirFrench
  • meathlaigh, meath, meathlúIrish
  • crìonadh, mùthadhScottish Gaelic
  • התקלקלHebrew
  • क्षयHindi
  • szuvasodik, elmállik, romlás, elpusztul, tönkremegy, hanyatlás, pusztulás, korhad, rothadHungarian
  • փտել, փչանալArmenian
  • kerusakanIndonesian
  • dekadoIdo
  • imputridireItalian
  • 減衰Japanese
  • ლპობა, ხრწნა, გაფუჭებაGeorgian
  • 썩다Korean
  • interitusLatin
  • pūtLatvian
  • taimate, hanehaneMāori
  • nedbrytingNorwegian
  • in verval raken, verloederen, slecht worden, vervallen, verrottenDutch
  • forfallNorwegian
  • gnić, rozkładPolish
  • putrefação, decompor-se, apodrecer, estragar, deterioração, apodrecimento, decomposição, deteriorar, putrefazerPortuguese
  • гнить, разложение, гниение, упадок, портиться, ухудшаться, разлагаться, распад, спадRussian
  • sönderfall, sönderfalla, förfalla, ruttna, förfall, förruttnelse, mattas, försämras, sönderdelas, tackla avSwedish
  • ผุThai
  • çürümek, fenalaşmakTurkish
  • کشیUrdu
  • 衰變Chinese

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