Associations to the word «Decay»


DECAY, noun. The process or result of being gradually decomposed.
DECAY, noun. A deterioration of condition.
DECAY, verb. (intransitive) To deteriorate, to get worse, to lose strength or health, to decline in quality.
DECAY, verb. (intransitive) (electronics) (of storage media or the data on them) To undergo bit rot, that is, gradual degradation.
DECAY, verb. (intransitive) (computing) (of software) To undergo software rot, that is, to fail to be updated in a changing environment,so as to eventually become legacy or obsolete.
DECAY, verb. (intransitive) (physics) (of a satellite's orbit) To undergo prolonged reduction in altitude (above the orbited body).
DECAY, verb. (intransitive) (of organic material) To rot, to go bad.
DECAY, verb. (intransitive) (transitive) (physics) (chemistry) (of an unstable atom) To change by undergoing fission, by emitting radiation, or by capturing or losing one or more electrons.
DECAY, verb. (intransitive) (transitive) (physics) (of a quantum system) To undergo optical decay, that is, to relax to a less excited state, usually by emitting a photon or phonon.
DECAY, verb. (intransitive) (aviation) Loss of airspeed due to drag.
DECAY, verb. (transitive) To cause to rot or deteriorate.
DECAY CHAIN, noun. (physics) A chained series of the products of nuclear decay of a particular isotope

Dictionary definition

DECAY, noun. The process of gradually becoming inferior.
DECAY, noun. A gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current.
DECAY, noun. The organic phenomenon of rotting.
DECAY, noun. 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".
DECAY, noun. The spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation.
DECAY, verb. Lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process".
DECAY, verb. Fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay".
DECAY, verb. Undergo decay or decomposition; "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated".

Wise words

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