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decay

 
Noun decay has 5 senses
  1. decay - the process of gradually becoming inferior
    --1 is a kind of
    natural process, natural action, action, activity
    --1 has particulars:
     cavity, caries, dental caries, tooth decay; corruption; decomposition, rot, rotting, putrefaction; dilapidation, ruin; spoilage, spoiling
  2. decay, decline - a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
    --2 is a kind of decrease, decrement
    --2 has particulars: exponential decay, exponential return
    Derived form: verb decay1
  3. decay, decomposition - the organic phenomenon of rotting
    --3 is a kind of organic phenomenon
    Derived forms: verb decay3, verb decay2
  4. decay - 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"
    --4 is a kind of
    unsoundness
    --4 has particulars:
     putrefaction, rot; decomposition, disintegration; deterioration, impairment
    Derived form: verb decay2
  5. decay, radioactive decay, disintegration - the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation
    --5 is a kind of nuclear reaction
    --5 has particulars: alpha decay; beta decay
    Derived form: verb decay1
Verb decay has 3 senses
  1. disintegrate, decay, decompose - lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"
    --1 is one way to change integrity
    Derived forms: noun decay5, noun decay2
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  2. decay, crumble, delapidate - fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay"
    --2 is one way to change
    Derived forms: noun decay4, noun decay3, noun decadent1
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Somebody ----s
  3. decay - undergo decay or decomposition; "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"
    --3 is one way to
    change
    Derived form: noun decay3
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
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