Crossword clues for decay
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Decay \De*cay"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Decayed; p. pr. & vb. n. Decaying.] [OF. decaeir, dechaer, decheoir, F. d['e]choir, to decline, fall, become less; L. de- + cadere to fall. See Chance.] 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.
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates and men decay.
Decay \De*cay"\, v. t.
To cause to decay; to impair. [R.]
Infirmity, that decays the wise.
To destroy. [Obs.]
Decay \De*cay"\, n.
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.
Perhaps my God, though he be far before, May turn, and take me by the hand, and more May strengthen my decays.
His [Johnson's] failure was not to be ascribed to intellectual decay.
Which has caused the decay of the consonants to follow somewhat different laws.
Destruction; death. [Obs.]
Cause of decay. [R.]
He that plots to be the only figure among ciphers, is the decay of the whole age.
Syn: Decline; consumption. See Decline.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 15c., "to decrease," from Anglo-French decair, Old North French decair (Old French decheoir, 12c., Modern French déchoir) "to fall, set (of the sun), weaken, decline, decay," from Vulgar Latin *decadere "to fall off," from de- (see de-) + Latin cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). Meaning "decline, deteriorate" is c.1500; that of "to decompose, rot" is from 1570s. Related: Decayed; decaying.
mid-15c., "deterioration, decline in value," from decay (v.). Meaning "gradual decrease in radioactivity" is from 1897.
n. 1 The process or result of being gradually decomposed. 2 A deterioration of condition. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To deteriorate, to get worse, to lose strength or health, to decline in quality. 2 # (context intransitive electronics of storage media or the data on them English) To undergo http://en.wikipedi
org/wiki/bit%20rot, that is, gradual degradation. 3 # (context intransitive computing of software English) To undergo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/software%20rot, that is, to fail to be updated in a changing environment,so as to eventually become legacy or obsolete. 4 # (context intransitive physics of a satellite's orbit English) To undergo prolonged reduction in altitude (above the orbited body). 5 (context intransitive of organic material English) To rot, to go bad. 6 (context intransitive transitive physics chemistry of an unstable atom English) To change by undergoing fission, by emitting radiation, or by capturing or losing one or more electrons. 7 (context intransitive transitive physics of a quantum system English) To undergo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/optical%20decay, that is, to relax to a less excited state, usually by emitting a photon or phonon. 8 (context aviation English) (rfdef: English) 9 (context transitive English) To cause to rot or deteriorate.
n. the process of gradually becoming inferior
a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current [syn: decline]
the organic phenomenon of rotting [syn: decomposition]
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"
undergo decay or decomposition; "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"
Decay may refer to:
Decay is the name of two fictional characters owned by DC Comics. The first was an enemy of the pre-Crisis Supergirl, while the second appeared as a villain in the Wonder Woman comic book series.
"Decay" is a song by the band Sevendust. It's from the band's ninth studio album Black Out the Sun.
Decay is a 2015 American psychological thriller film. Starring Rob Zabrecky, Jackie Hoffman, Lisa Howard, Elisha Yaffe, Hannah Barron and Reese Ehlinger. Written and Directed by Joseph Wartnerchaney it tells the story of a troubled middle-aged man who falls in love with a corpse.
Decay is a villainous professional wrestling tag team in the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling promotion, consisting of Abyss, Crazzy Steve and Rosemary where they are the current TNA World Tag Team Champions. They made their debut on January 26, 2016. They won the TNA World Tag Team Championship after defeating former champions Beer Money, Inc.
Decay is a 2012 horror film by Luke Thompson (of the University of Manchester), set at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. The movie was created on a budget of $3,225 and was filmed over a period of two years by Thompson and his fellow physicists. The film was released online for free under a Creative Commons license. Decay was premiered on 29 November 2012 and centres on the idea of the Large Hadron Collider transforming scientists into zombies.
Thompson, a physics doctoral student, came up with the idea of the film while he was walking through the maintenance tunnels at CERN and began thinking that it would be a good location for a horror movie. In an interview with Wired, he stated that the film was initially started for fun, but that it was also an opportunity to "do some satirical commentary on various aspects of people’s perceptions of science".
Usage examples of "decay".
Although the intermingling of various linguistic and cultural groups contributed greatly to the enrichment of Islamic civilization, it also was a source of great tension and contributed to the decay of Abbasid power.
Neurons in the network would become activated and reactivated by corresponding pitch values, and their activity would decay slowly.
Jefferson told Adams nothing of the new house he had built at his other plantation, Poplar Forest, or that Monticello, as visitors noted, was going to decay.
Surely, Monsieur Cacus, within, contains anerobic bacteria which act on the decaying matter animal and vegetable,, of which a decomposition product must be gas similar to coal gas.
Surely, Monsieur Cacus, within, contains anerobic bacteria which act on the decaying matter animal and vegetable, of which a decomposition product must be gas similar to coal gas.
Leafless herbs like beechdrops, lavender toothwort, and various bright-flowered small orchids, often without green leaves, were everywhere, growing from the roots of other living plants or their decaying remains.
Visions of a workhouse infirmary for her child had haunted the old woman in the basement breakfast-room of the decayed Belgravian house.
When the cocaine decays, its chief metabolic product is benzyl ecognine, which is what the lab found in its gas chromatograph analyzer this afternoon.
When the cocaine decays, its chief metabolic product is benzyl ecognine which is what the lab found in its gas chromatograph analyser this afternoon.
No vestige of decay marred Bloodstone, nor did any vine cling to its gleaming curve.
The punt was a very old affair, reduced almost to punk by the decay of the boards of which it was built, or the bow of the cutter would not have gone through it so readily.
An iron gate of elegant design, hanging loosely upon rusted hinges, proclaims both the past glories and the present decay of Brocas Old Hall, which lies at the end of the weed-encumbered avenue.
I had finished Buttonhook, and Joanna was stepping back admiring the sparkle of the glass, I fetched the paint and began the tedious job of covering the patchwork of old decayed black paint and pale new putty with a bright green skin.
His thoughts were interrupted when the rank meatiness of the odour of lunch was suddenly overlaid by something infinitely more unpleasant - a foul miasma of decay that intensified with each step that Astoroth took towards the stateroom where Nostrilamus, the once powerful Malefica of Caledon, was fighting his last battle with the foe none could vanquish.
On this now decaying porch no doubt lovers sat in the moonlight, and vowed by the Gut of Canso to be fond of each other forever.