An example of decay is when old fruit begins to rot.
An example of decay is when a neighborhood starts to become crime-ridden.
An example of decay is what has happened to an old abandoned building.
A civilization that had begun to decay.
- (intransitive, electronics, of storage media or the data on them) To undergo bit rot, that is, gradual degradation.
- (intransitive, physics, of a satellite's orbit) To undergo prolonged reduction in altitude (above the orbitted body).2009, Francis Lyall, Paul B. Larsen, Space Law: A Treatise, page 120:.
The pair loved to take pictures in the decaying hospital on forty-third street.
Tooth decay; urban decay.
Origin of decay
- Middle English decayen from Old French decair from Vulgar Latin dēcadere Latin dē- de- Latin cadere to fall kad- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition