An early autumn sun lit up cobblestone streets, tall acacia trees, and handsome and nearly all decayed 19th-century buildings.
This may be the region where Islam was born, but it is also the place where Islam has lately festered and decayed.
I find this specimen growing in a cspitose manner on decayed wood.
Stumps stood and decayed, just as they do in our forests to-day.
Then somehow his foot slipped, the decayed substance of the tree crumbled under his weight.
Why does the poet call them purple hues, and why does he say they decayed?
The small heart of the trunk had decayed, offering an entrance just large enough for a rabbit to squeeze through.
But the wood was decayed; it was so soft and spongy it would not support his weight.
Then I always write with a decayed pencil, and that would look so bad.
But when their taste decays they do not know that it has decayed.
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.