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Dictionary definition for: Decay

1. (n) the process of gradually becoming inferior

2. (v) lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"

3. (n) a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current

4. (v) fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay"

5. (n) the organic phenomenon of rotting

6. (v) undergo decay or decomposition; "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"

7. (n) 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"

8. (n) the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation

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