In the summer heat, the smell of decay was beginning to spread.
Theaters were quickly abandoned, left to decay and sometimes destroyed.
At various points, the novel worries over everything from the decay of language to the environment.
Nor can the unmarked border with the West Bank keep the decay from infiltrating Israel itself.
In other words, Gingrich was managing the decay of his campaign quite nicely.
In either case they decay as soon as their work is accomplished.
His death was a myth for the decay of vegetation, and his resurrection was a myth for its revival.
As this also occurs in early autumn, I suppose it to be occasioned by the decay of some of the leaves.
This, if left as it is, will decay and cause great mischief.
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.