verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of decay
Synonyms for decay
Examples from the Web for decaying
Contemporary Examples of decaying
These new dark ages stem from a corrupt and decaying power system—a reflection of the state of affairs in the country itself.Who Will Maduro Blame for Venezuela’s Blackout This Time?
June 28, 2014
Their loved ones would visit, tending to their decaying relatives, even changing their clothing.Palermo Has an Underground City Filled With Its Mummified Dead
May 1, 2014
A decaying statue of St. Lucia, patron saint of the blind, holds a platter with two eyes.The Sacrificial Limbs of New Orleans
March 12, 2014
Erica is the foil to the unstable, decaying Beth—a kind, virtuous, smooth-skinned girl next door.Anna Kendrick: Queen Bee of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival
January 23, 2014
Of course, there are limits to building a candidacy on the decaying pillar of labor.What’s Elizabeth Warren Up To Now?
September 10, 2013
Historical Examples of decaying
They said that these things were absolutely begotten in the water of the decaying substances out of which the infusion was made.
It is found on decaying limbs and stumps from July to winter.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
The royalty of his powers he saw by degrees torn from his decaying form.
But Napoleon turned to other work and Turkey went on decaying.Bulgaria
Precisely at the time when Ireland was decaying, all other Western nations were flourishing.Home Rule
- (of an atomic nucleus) to undergo radioactive disintegration
- (of an elementary particle) to transform into two or more different elementary particles
- See radioactive decay
- a spontaneous transformation of an elementary particle into two or more different particles
- of an excited atom or molecule, losing energy by the spontaneous emission of photons
Word Origin for decay
mid-15c., "deterioration, decline in value," from decay (v.). Meaning "gradual decrease in radioactivity" is from 1897.
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.