Witnesses say there were at least six bodies piled together inside this one tiled room where the air is poisonous with decay.
[Romney] is a manager who will manage the decay—I am a leader who has a vision of a bold exciting American future.
In the summer heat, the smell of decay was beginning to spread.
Plants use it to protect themselves from decay, but it may benefit people too.
Theaters were quickly abandoned, left to decay and sometimes destroyed.
In either case they decay as soon as their work is accomplished.
She was aware of the creeping fret, the poisons and obstructions of decay.
As this also occurs in early autumn, I suppose it to be occasioned by the decay of some of the leaves.
Will you have nothing to remember him by but his ruin and decay?
The symptoms of decay, which not even the wise rule of Theodosius had been able to remove, had grown more alarming.
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.
decay de·cay (dĭ-kā')
The destruction or decomposition of organic matter as a result of bacterial or fungal action; rot.
The loss of information that was registered by the senses and processed into the short-term memory system.
To break down into component parts; rot.
To disintegrate or diminish by radioactive decay.
To decline in health or vigor; waste away.
Verb To undergo decay.