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English noun: decay

1. decay (process) the process of gradually becoming inferior


Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process


Narrower (hyponym)caries, cavity, corruption, decomposition, dental caries, dilapidation, putrefaction, rot, rotting, ruin, spoilage, spoiling, tooth decay

2. decay (process) a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current


Synonymsdecline


Broader (hypernym)decrease, decrement


Narrower (hyponym)exponential decay, exponential return

3. decay (phenomenon) the organic phenomenon of rotting


Synonymsdecomposition


Broader (hypernym)organic phenomenon

4. decay (state) an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying


SamplesThe corpse was in an advanced state of decay.
The house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair.


Broader (hypernym)unsoundness


Narrower (hyponym)decomposition, deterioration, disintegration, impairment, putrefaction, rancidity, rot

5. decay (process) the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation


Synonymsdisintegration, radioactive decay


Broader (hypernym)nuclear reaction


Narrower (hyponym)alpha decay, beta decay


English verb: decay

1. decay (change) lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current


SamplesThe particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process.


Synonymsdecompose, disintegrate


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change integrity


Verb groupdisintegrate


Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

2. decay (change) fall into decay or ruin


SamplesThe unoccupied house started to decay.


Synonymscrumble, dilapidate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)break, bust, corrode, deteriorate, droop, eat at, erode, fall apart, gnaw, gnaw at, ruin, rust, wear, wear away, wear out, weather, wilt

3. decay (change) undergo decay or decomposition


SamplesThe body started to decay and needed to be cremated.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)decompose, deliquesce, go bad, molder, moulder, putrefy, rot, spoil









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