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Meaning & Definition of Decay in English

English

Decay

/dɪke/

noun

1. The process of gradually becoming inferior

    synonym:
  • decay

2. A gradual decrease

  • As of stored charge or current
    synonym:
  • decay
  • ,
  • decline

3. The organic phenomenon of rotting

    synonym:
  • decay
  • ,
  • decomposition

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • decay

5. The spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation

    synonym:
  • decay
  • ,
  • radioactive decay
  • ,
  • disintegration

verb

1. Lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current

  • "The particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"
    synonym:
  • disintegrate
  • ,
  • decay
  • ,
  • decompose

2. Fall into decay or ruin

  • "The unoccupied house started to decay"
    synonym:
  • decay
  • ,
  • crumble
  • ,
  • dilapidate

3. Undergo decay or decomposition

  • "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"
    synonym:
  • decay

Examples of using

Actinium-227 is a decay product of uranium-235.
Fruits tend to decay soon.
Fruits decay in the sun.