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Definition 1: the organic phenomenon of rotting - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Synonyms for decay in the sense of this definition

(decay is a kind of ...) (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals

Definition 2: a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current - [noun denoting process]

Synonyms for decay in the sense of this definition

(decay is a kind of ...) a process of becoming smaller or shorter

(... is a kind of decay ) a decrease that follows an exponential function

Definition 3: the process of gradually becoming inferior - [noun denoting process]

(decay is a kind of ...) a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

"the action of natural forces" "volcanic activity"

(... is a kind of decay ) soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can lead to the death of a tooth

(... is a kind of decay ) decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)

(... is a kind of decay ) (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action

(... is a kind of decay ) the process of becoming dilapidated

(... is a kind of decay ) the process of becoming spoiled

Definition 4: the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation - [noun denoting process]

Synonyms for decay in the sense of this definition

(decay is a kind of ...) (physics) a process that alters the energy or structure or composition of atomic nuclei

(... is a kind of decay ) radioactive decay of an atomic nucleus that is accompanied by the emission of an alpha particle

(... is a kind of decay ) radioactive decay of an atomic nucleus that is accompanied by the emission of a beta particle

Definition 5: an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying - [noun denoting state]

Samples where decay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the corpse was in an advanced state of decay
  • the house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair

(decay is a kind of ...) a condition of damage or decay

(... is a kind of decay ) a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor

(... is a kind of decay ) in a decomposed state

(... is a kind of decay ) a symptom of reduced quality or strength

(... is a kind of decay ) the state of being rancid; having a rancid scent or flavor (as of old cooking oil)

Definition 6: fall into decay or ruin - [verb of change]

Samples where decay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The unoccupied house started to decay

Synonyms for decay in the sense of this definition

(decay is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of decay ) become worse or disintegrate

"His mind deteriorated"

(... is a kind of decay ) become destroyed by water, air, or a corrosive such as an acid

"The metal corroded" "The pipes rusted"

(... is a kind of decay ) change under the action or influence of the weather

"A weathered old hut"

(... is a kind of decay ) become ground down or deteriorate

"Her confidence eroded"

(... is a kind of decay ) become limp

"The flowers wilted"

(... is a kind of decay ) fall into ruin

(... is a kind of decay ) go to pieces

"The lawn mower finally broke" "The gears wore out" "The old chair finally fell apart completely"

Definition 7: lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current - [verb of change]

Samples where decay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process

Synonyms for decay in the sense of this definition

(decay is a kind of ...) change in physical make-up

(decay has a similar meaning as ...) cause to undergo fission or lose particles

(decay belongs to category ...) the science of matter and energy and their interactions

"his favorite subject was physics"

Definition 8: undergo decay or decomposition - [verb of change]

Samples where decay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The body started to decay and needed to be cremated

(decay is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

(... is a kind of decay ) break down

"The bodies decomposed in the heat"

(... is a kind of decay ) become unfit for consumption or use

"the meat must be eaten before it spoils"

(... is a kind of decay ) become putrid; decay with an offensive smell

"organic matter putrefies"

(... is a kind of decay ) melt away in the process of decay

"The fungi eventually deliquesced"

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