Definitions for decay
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the process of gradually becoming inferior
a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
the organic phenomenon of rotting
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"
decay, radioactive decay, disintegrationverb
the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation
disintegrate, decay, decomposeverb
lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current
"the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"
decay, crumble, dilapidateverb
fall into decay or ruin
"The unoccupied house started to decay"
undergo decay or decomposition
"The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"
The process or result of being gradually decomposed.
A deterioration of condition.
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.
To rot, to go bad.
The cat's body decayed rapidly.
To change by undergoing fission, by emitting radiation, or by capturing or losing one or more electrons.
To undergo optical decay, that is, to relax to a less excited state, usually by emitting a photon or phonon.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
What comfort to this great decay may come,
Shall be applied. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
She has been a fine lady, and paints and hides
Her decays very well. Ben Jonson, Catiline.
And those decays, to speak the naked truth,
Through the defects of age, were crimes of youth. John Denham.
By reason of the tenacity of fluids, and attrition of their parts, and the weakness of elasticity in solids, motion is much more apt to be lost than got, and is always upon the decay. Newt.
Each may feel encreases and decays,
And see now clearer and now darker days. Essay on Criticism.
Taught half by reason, half by mere decay,
To welcome death, and calmly pass away. Alexander Pope.
They think, that whatever is called old must have the decay of time upon it, and truth too were liable to mould and rottenness. John Locke.
And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee, then thou shalt relieve him. Levit. xxv. 35.
I am the very man,
That, from your first of difference and decay,
Have follow’d your sad steps. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
To impair; to bring to decay.
Infirmity, that decays the wise, doth ever make better the fool. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.
Cut off a stock of a tree, and lay that which you cut off to putrefy, to see whether it will decay the rest of the stock. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 995.
He was of a very small and decayed fortune, and of no good education. Edward Hyde.
Decay’d by time and wars, they only prove
Their former beauty by your former love. Dryden.
In Spain our springs, like old men’s children, be
Decay’d and wither’d from their infancy. John Dryden, Ind. Emp.
It is so ordered, that almost every thing which corrupts the soul decays the body. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 120.
To lose excellence; to decline from the state of perfection; to be gradually impaired.
Etymology: decheoir, Fr. from de and cadere, Latin.
The monarch oak
Three centuries grows, and three he stays
Supreme in state, and in three more decays. Dryden.
The garlands fade, the vows are worn away;
So dies her love, and so my hopes decay. Alexander Pope.
Decay refers to the process of gradual degradation, breakdown, or destruction of an object, substance, or system. This term can be used in various contexts such as biology, physics, and even societal structures, implying a state of decline or deterioration over time due to natural causes or external factors. It often involves a loss of structure, organization, function, or vitality.
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
to cause to decay; to impair
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
cause of decay
Etymology: [OF. decaeir, dechaer, decheoir, F. dchoir, to decline, fall, become less; L. de- + cadere to fall. See Chance.]
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
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
[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.
The numerical value of decay in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of decay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
[ The studies ] would take a potted plant and put it in a small chamber... three feet by three feet by three feet... and they would inject a particular volatile organic compound( VOC) into the chamber... and watch it decay over time, and that decay is what they would contribute to the plant clearing the VOC, that does occur in the chamber, but it's the microbes that are absorbing the VOC, not the plant itself.
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.
Xylitol is known in the laboratory to kill the main bacteria that cause tooth decay, which is why it was singled out as having possible preventive effects on tooth decay.
Z-prime is much heavier than a Z particle, something like tens of times the mass, z-prime can decay in a very simple way that yields two very energetic muons, which are basically heavier versions of electrons. If we can detect the muon signature of Z-prime, that would support models that predict the existence of Z-prime.
You shall go with me, newly-married bride,And gaze upon a merrier multitude.White-armed Nuala, Aengus of the Birds,Feachra of the hurtling form, and himWho is the ruler of the Western Host,Finvara, and their Land of Heart's Desire.Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood,But joy is wisdom, time an endless song.
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- تضعضع, تحلل, اضمحلArabic
- влошаване, гния, загнивам, разлагам се, развалям се, разлаганеBulgarian
- rozklad, rozkládat se, hniloba, hnítCzech
- Verwesung, verfallen, verfaulen, verrotten, verderben, verwesen, Verfall, faulen, abklingen, zerfallen, vermodernGerman
- deteriorar, pudrirSpanish
- lahoaminen, rapautuminen, heikentyä, rapautua, maatua, mädäntyä, laho, heikkeneminen, rappeutua, heiketä, pilaantua, lahotaFinnish
- décrépitude, pourrirFrench
- meathlaigh, meath, meathlúIrish
- crìonadh, mùthadhScottish Gaelic
- szuvasodik, elmállik, romlás, elpusztul, tönkremegy, hanyatlás, pusztulás, korhad, rothadHungarian
- փտել, փչանալArmenian
- ლპობა, ხრწნა, გაფუჭებაGeorgian
- taimate, hanehaneMāori
- in verval raken, verloederen, slecht worden, vervallen, verrottenDutch
- 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
- çürümek, fenalaşmakTurkish
- phân hủyVietnamese
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