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  Definition of decay
  1. the organic phenomenon of rotting
  2. a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
  3. the process of gradually becoming inferior
  4. the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation
  5. 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"
  6. fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay"
  7. lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"
  8. undergo decay or decomposition; "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"
Similar Words: decomposition, decline, radioactive decay, disintegration, crumble, delapidate, disintegrate, decompose

 

Hyponyms: exponential decay, exponential return, cavity, caries, dental caries, tooth decay, corruption, decomposition, rot, rotting, putrefaction, dilapidation, ruin, spoilage, spoiling, alpha decay, beta decay, disintegration, deterioration, impairment, deteriorate, corrode, rust, weather, erode, gnaw, gnaw at, eat at, wear away, wilt, droop, break, wear, wear out, bust, fall apart, decompose, molder, moulder, spoil, go bad, putrefy, deliquesce

 

Grouped Verbs: disintegrate

 

Derivational Morphology: decompose, rot, molder, moulder, crumble, delapidate, disintegrate, decomposition, decadent, radioactive decay, disintegration, decline

 

Language Translations:
Chinese: 腐爛   Dutch: verrotten  
Finnish: mädäntyä   French: pourrir  
Georgian: ლპობა   German: faulen  
Hungarian: korhad   Italian: imputridire  
Japanese: (1) 朽ちる   Korean: 썩다  
Portuguese: apodrecer   Russian: гнить  
Spanish: pudrirse   Swedish: ruttna  
 
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