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Definition of the noun decay

What does decay mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: decays

  1. the process of gradually becoming inferior
  2. a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
  3. the organic phenomenon of rotting
  4. an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying
    • examples: the corpse was in an advanced state of decay | the house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: unsoundness = a condition of damage or decay
    • more specific words:
  5. the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • synonyms of decay: disintegration / radioactive decay
    • more generic term: nuclear reaction = a process that alters the energy or structure or composition of atomic nuclei
    • more specific terms:
      • alpha decay = radioactive decay of an atomic nucleus that is accompanied by the emission of an alpha particle
      • beta decay = radioactive decay of an atomic nucleus that is accompanied by the emission of a beta particle

Alternative definition of the noun decay


  1. The process or result of being gradually decomposed.
  2. A deterioration of condition.

Definition of the verb decay

What does decay mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: decayed | decaying | decays

  1. lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current
  2. fall into decay or ruin
  3. undergo decay or decomposition

Alternative definition of the verb decay


  1. To deteriorate, to get worse, to lose strength or health, to decline in quality.
  2. To rot, to go bad.


"Decay" is a 2012 horror film by Luke Thompson, set at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. The movie was created on a budget of $3,225 and was filmed over a period of two years by Thompson and his fellow physicists. The film was released online for free under a Creative Commons license. Decay was premiered on November 29, 2012, and centres on the idea of the Large Hadron Collider transforming scientists into zombies.


Decay is a fictional character owned by DC Comics. She appears as a villain in the Wonder Woman comic book series.


  1. "Decay" is the official first single from the ninth studio album, Black Out the Sun by American alternative metal band Sevendust which was released on January 29, 2013.
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  10. "Decay" is a musical album of Destination: Oblivion.
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Decay is a musical group.

  • albums: "Downstairs Rise", "Winterfields"

Phrases with Decay

  1. C-Decay
  2. Bit Decay
  3. beta decay
  4. alpha decay
  5. gamma decay
  6. tooth decay
  7. Vacuum Decay
  8. Arrested decay
  9. exponential decay
  10. radioactive decay

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Decay

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Google previewRestoring the Soul of the World (2014)

Our Living Bond with Nature’s Intelligence by David Fideler

Decay is the midwife of very great things!

Google previewPhysics (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Radioactive decay Alpha decay '' Electromagnetic radiation Emissivity Radioactive decay is the process by which an...

Google previewGeneral, Organic, and Biological Chemistry (2012)

by H. Stephen Stoker

Radioactive decay is the process whereby a radionuclide is transformed into a nuclide of another element as a result of the emission of radiation from its nucleus. The terms parent nuclide and daughter nuclide are often used in descriptions of ...

Google previewIntroduction to Fluorescence Sensing (2015)

by Alexander P. Demchenko

Because the fluorescence decay is a random event, the emissions of individual quanta follow Poisson statistics. Therefore, in an ideal case of structurally identical and independent fluorescence emitters, the fluorescence decay is a single ...

Google previewPhysics for the IB Diploma (2003)

Standard and Higher Level by Tim Kirk

RANDOM DECAY Radioactive decay is a random process and is not affected by external conditions. For example, increasing the...

Google previewEssentials of Radiographic Physics and Imaging - E-Book (2013)

by James Johnston, Terri L. Fauber

Decay is a process that may last minutes or billions of years. One term used to describe the rate at which a...

Chapter 1 noted that the unit of measure for radioactive decay is the curie (or Becquerel). The electromagnetic photons emitted in this ...

Google previewGod, Science, and the Buddha (2010)

by Wijeratne Weerakkody

Radioactive decay is the scientific term given to one of the basic laws of the nature. Let us see whether we can understand the character of this natural curtain covering the exposure of histories. Fortunately we already know all matter in the ...

Google previewQuantitative Neurophysiology (2008)

by Joseph Tranquillo

Superimposed upon the T1 decay is a second decay called T2. This second decay is a result of interactions between the spin of neighboring molecules. Most importantly in the creation of medical images is that the T1 and T2 times are ...

Google previewNeural Network Modeling Using Sas Enterprise Miner (2005)

by Randall Matignon

Weight decay is a technique used in regularization. Regularization applies complex controls into the fitting process. These complex controls are applied in smoothing the interpolation of the highly nonlinear function to the neural network ...

Google previewWood Craft (1913)

As already stated, decay is the result of the attacks of fungi which feed upon the wood substance.

Decay is an infectious disease which is spread in two ways, namely, by seed-like bodies called spores and by contact with the living plant itself ...

Google previewFilm Theory (2004)

Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies by Karen J. Shepherdson

The postindustrial decay is an effect of the acceleration of the internal time of process proper to postindustrialism. The system works only if waste is produced. The continuous expulsion of waste is an indexical sign of the well-functioning ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Physics (2009)

by Joe Rosen

beta decay This is a form of RADIOACTIVITY, whereby an atomic NUCLEUS spontaneously emits an ELEC- TRON, also called a BETA PARTICLE, and an antineutrino of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments (2008)

by Vivien Gornitz

decay of radioactive parent isotopes. From laboratory measurements over the past century, it has been possible to measure directly the rate at which radioactive isotopes decay. The energies involved in radioactivity are many orders of ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

radioactive decay — (*) The decrease in the radiation intensity of ...

Google previewConcise Pāli-English Dictionary (1957)

by Ambalaṅgoḍa Polvattē Buddhadatta, A. P. Buddhadatta Mahāthera

old; decayed; decrepit. — ggava, m. an old bull. — sakka, m. the old sakka, (the deva-king). Jarata, /. decay; old age. Jara, /. decay; old age. — jaj- jara, -jinna, a. feeble and decrepit with ...

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Quotes about Decay

All satire is blind to the forces liberated by decay. Which is why total decay has absorbed the forces of satire. (Theodor Adorno)
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Scrabble value of D2E1C3A1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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