A decaying statue of St. Lucia, patron saint of the blind, holds a platter with two eyes.
Emanuel faces a budget gap that could reach $1 billion, crumbling infrastructure, decaying schools and a host of other urban ills.
Erica is the foil to the unstable, decaying Beth—a kind, virtuous, smooth-skinned girl next door.
These new dark ages stem from a corrupt and decaying power system—a reflection of the state of affairs in the country itself.
When they arrive at her home, they're horrified to find a decaying female corpse.
Duff, duf, n. dough: a stiff flour pudding boiled in a bag; decaying vegetable matter, fallen leaves: coaldust.
They said that these things were absolutely begotten in the water of the decaying substances out of which the infusion was made.
Yet in the beginning of the Twentieth Century he felt himself a bound prisoner in his decaying web.
In all of these we discovered dead and decaying horses, mules, and dogs.
These poor refugees used to haunt those hideous piles of decaying matter and pick food from them.
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.