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deterioration

[di‚tir·ē·ə′rā·shən]
(engineering)
Decline in the quality of equipment or structures over a period of time due to the chemical or physical action of the environment.

Deterioration

A worsening of a structure’s condition, generally attributable to exposure, weather, normal wear and tear, aging, or lack of maintenance.

deterioration

Of concrete, the same as disintegration.
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THE OPERATING AND FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE OF THE COMMUNITIES WHICH ARE THE SUBJECT OF THE 10 AGREEMENTS MAY DETERIORATE BEFORE FIVE STAR IS ALLOWED TO ASSUME THEIR OPERATIONS PURSUANT TO THE TERMS OF SUCH AGREEMENTS.
If conditions continue to deteriorate, productive residents with the means to do so will move away.
Best believes that Jupiter's operating performance is likely to significantly deteriorate at the year-end 2005 as a result of a series of large losses that impacted the company during the year, including the explosion in the BP Texas City refinery and Hurricane Katrina.
Best believes that the technical results are likely to deteriorate in 2005 and 2006 as a result of the likely negative effects of the current softening market conditions on the loss and acquisition expense ratios.
armed forces are investigating possible routes to evacuate the 650 Americans believed to be in Zaire should the situation deteriorate further.