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Decay Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • the organic phenomenon of rotting
  • a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
  • the process of gradually becoming inferior
  • the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation
  • 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"
  • fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay"
  • lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"
  • undergo decay or decomposition; "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"

Definitions from Wiktionary


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

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Decay Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Most chemical elements are stable: If they are not part of a chemical reaction, they do not change. Chemical elements are made of atoms. In stable elements, the atom stays the same. In a chemical reaction, the atoms will form chemical bonds, with other atoms. Even if the bonds change during a reaction, the atoms themselves do not.

In the 19th century, Henri Becquerel discovered that some chemical elements have atoms that change: During their change they send out a particle. In 1898, Marie and Pierre Curie called this phenomenon radioactive decay. Becquerel and the Curies were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for this discovery, in 1903.



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* Ill fares the land, to hast'ning ill a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay Princes and Lords may flourish, or may fade A breath can make them, as a breath has made but a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed can never be supplied. - Oliver Goldsmith

* 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. - William Butler Yeats

* The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism. - John Calhoun


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Decay Sample Sentences in News


  • Urban Decay again defies expectations
    With product names such as "All Nighter," "Full Frontal," "Naked" and "Perversion," Urban Decay has been promoting its notion of "beauty with an edge" for almost 20 years. Read more on this news related to 'Decay'
  • Dental initiative expanding in Clark schools, aiding decline of decay rate
    Photos by Whitney Leggett/wleggett@winchestersun.com GRC senior Sydney Grigsby applies fluoride varnish for eighth-grader Caleb DeMichele Monday morning. Read more on this news related to 'Decay'
  • Revealed: The shocking state of our children’s teeth
    ONE in 20 children in South Tyneside have visible tooth decay before their third birthday – new figures have revealed. Read more on this news related to 'Decay'

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