1. [ verb ] lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current
Synonyms: decompose disintegrate

"the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"

Related terms: change_integrity physics disintegrate
2. [ noun ] a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
Synonyms: decline
Related terms: decrease exponential_decay disintegrate
3. [ verb ] fall into decay or ruin
Synonyms: delapidate crumble

"The unoccupied house started to decay"

Related terms: change deteriorate corrode break erode ruin wilt weather
4. [ noun ] the process of gradually becoming inferior
Related terms: natural_process decomposition corruption dilapidation spoilage cavity
5. [ noun ] (biology) the organic phenomenon of rotting
Synonyms: decomposition
Related terms: organic_phenomenon
6. [ verb ] undergo decay or decomposition

"The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"

Related terms: change decompose spoil deliquesce putrefy
7. [ noun ] an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying

"the corpse was in an advanced state of decay" "the house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair"

Related terms: unsoundness decomposition deterioration rot
8. [ noun ] (physics,nuclear physics) the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation
Synonyms: disintegration radioactive_decay
Related terms: nuclear_reaction alpha_decay beta_decay disintegrate
9. [ noun ] (biology,physics) the phenomenon of spontaneous changes in the nucleus of an atom
Synonyms: decomposition radioactive_decay
Related terms: physical_phenomenon organic_phenomenon decompose
Similar spelling:   Deasy