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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 ?
That large decayed oak,'' he said, ``marks the boundaries over which Front-de-B
Little more was said, except as to the chances--manifestly small--of the rain ceasing, until the tops of a cab, a decayed mourning coach, and three dripping hats were seen over the hedge.
He is usually governed by a decayed wench, or favourite footman, who are the tunnels through which all graces are conveyed, and may properly be called, in the last resort, the governors of the kingdom.
Trees had grown into and out of the walls; the battlements were tumbled down and decayed, and wild creepers hung out of the windows of the towers on the walls in bushy hanging clumps.
Their parents stuffed the empty sack with three rotten vegetable marrows, an old blacking-brush and two decayed turnips.
I looked upon the scene before me--upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain--upon the bleak walls--upon the vacant eye-like windows--upon a few rank sedges--and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees--with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveller upon opium--the bitter lapse into everyday life--the hideous dropping off of the veil.
Upon closer observation I saw as we passed them that the buildings were deserted, and while not greatly decayed had the appearance of not having been tenanted for years, possibly for ages.
The nasty grasses upon which he lay exuded the effluvium of sweaty bodies, of decayed animal matter and of offal.
Round the corner from the by-street, there was a square of ancient, handsome houses, now for the most part decayed from their high estate and let in flats and chambers to all sorts and conditions of men; map-engravers, architects, shady lawyers and the agents of obscure enterprises.
The Eloi, like the Carolingian kings, had decayed to a mere beautiful futility.
But by what perversity of taste had the artist represented his principal figure as so wrinkled and decayed, while yet he had decked her out in the brightest splendor of attire, as if the loveliest maiden had suddenly withered into age, and become a moral to the beautiful around her
He heard the voice of Laurence, who had taken possession of a heap of decayed branches which the gardener had lopped from the fruit-trees, and was building a little hut for his cousin Clara and himself.