Definition Of decay


(of organic matter) rot or decompose through the action of bacteria and fungi.

a decayed cabbage leaf

the state or process of rotting or decomposition.

hardwood is more resistant to decay than softwood

Example Of decay

  • A couple of glistening new campuses mask the shocking physical decay of dozens of city schools.

  • A piece of fruit will decay far less quickly if refrigerated, than if left out in the sun.

  • After linear baseline subtraction, to account for the gradual decay of the synchrotron beam intensity, two kinds of treatments were performed.

  • ‘There is a general feeling around the town that the park is slipping into decay ,’ Comm Kiely stated.

  • Bald cypress is exotic, and both woods are exceptionally decay resistant and are excellent building materials.

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