decay


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decay

1. decomposition, as of vegetable matter
2. rotten or decayed matter
3. Physics
b. a spontaneous transformation of an elementary particle into two or more different particles
c. of an excited atom or molecule, losing energy by the spontaneous emission of photons
4. Physics a gradual decrease of a stored charge, magnetic flux, current, etc., when the source of energy has been removed
5. Music the fading away of a note

What does it mean when you dream about decay?

Decay may symbolize the degradation of a situation. More positively, it represents the death of an old situation before rebirth into a new state. Other associations come from such common idioms as “rotten apple.” (See also Maggots).

decay

[di′kā]
(geochemistry)
(materials)
To undergo decomposition.
(nuclear physics)
(oceanography)
In ocean-wave studies, the loss of energy from wind-generated ocean waves after they have ceased to be acted on by the wind; this process is accompanied by an increase in length and a decrease in height of the wave.
(physics)
Gradual reduction in the magnitude of a quantity, as of current, magnetic flux, a stored charge, or phosphorescence.

brown rot

A fungus that destroys wood cellulose, leaving a brown powdery residue behind.

decay

[Nuclear physics] An automatic conversion which is applied to most array-valued expressions in C; they "decay into" pointer-valued expressions pointing to the array's first element. This term is not used in the official standard for the language.

decay

The gradual reduction of strength of a signal or charge.
References in classic literature ?
All merely graceful attributes are usually the most evanescent; nor does nature adorn the human ruin with blossoms of new beauty, that have their roots and proper nutriment only in the chinks and crevices of decay, as she sows wall-flowers over the ruined fortress of Ticonderoga.
The wagon rolled up a weedy gravel walk, under a noble avenue of China trees, whose graceful forms and ever-springing foliage seemed to be the only things there that neglect could not daunt or alter,--like noble spirits, so deeply rooted in goodness, as to flourish and grow stronger amid discouragement and decay.
I would not have every man nor every part of a man cultivated, any more than I would have every acre of earth cultivated: part will be tillage, but the greater part will be meadow and forest, not only serving an immediate use, but preparing a mould against a distant future, by the annual decay of the vegetation which it supports.
As if she were a part of the refuse it had cast out, and left to corruption and decay, the girl we had followed strayed down to the river's brink, and stood in the midst of this night-picture, lonely and still, looking at the water.
On this day of the year, long before you were born, this heap of decay," stabbing with her crutched stick at the pile of cobwebs on the table but not touching it, "was brought here.
But our bards are no more,'' he said; ``our deeds are lost in those of another race our language our very name is hastening to decay, and none mourns for it save one solitary old man Cupbearer
Beyond this indication of extensive decay, however, the fabric gave little token of instability.
Bear in mind the decay of Sight Recognition which threatened society at the time of the Colour Revolt; add too the certainty that Women would speedily learn to shade off their extremities so as to imitate the Circles; it must then be surely obvious to you, my dear Reader, that the Colour Bill placed us under a great danger of confounding a Priest with a young Woman.
Clearly, at some time in the Long-Ago of human decay the Morlocks' food had run short.
The form of desire hides within it the seeds of decay.
As they drew near, the widow recognized in every face some trait of former friends, long forgotten, but now returning, as if from their old graves, to warn her to prepare a shroud; or, with purpose almost as unwelcome, to exhibit their wrinkles and infirmity, and claim her as their companion by the tokens of her own decay.
I am disposed to admire and respect the 52-foot linear raters on the word of a man who regrets in such a sympathetic and understanding spirit the threatened decay of yachting seamanship.