Decay

Definition of Decay

De`cay´
v. i.1.To pass gradually from a sound, prosperous, or perfect state, to one of imperfection, adversity, or dissolution; to waste away; to decline; to fail; to become weak, corrupt, or disintegrated; to rot; to perish; as, a tree decays; fortunes decay; hopes decay.
[imp. & p. p. Decayed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Decaying.]
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates and men decay.
- Goldsmith.
v. t.1.To cause to decay; to impair.
Infirmity, that decays the wise.
- Shak.
2.To destroy.
n.1.Gradual failure of health, strength, soundness, prosperity, or of any species of excellence or perfection; tendency toward dissolution or extinction; corruption; rottenness; decline; deterioration; as, the decay of the body; the decay of virtue; the decay of the Roman empire; a castle in decay.
Perhaps my God, though he be far before,
May turn, and take me by the hand, and more -
May strengthen my decays.
- Herbert.
His [Johnson's] failure was not to be ascribed to intellectual decay.
- Macaulay.
Which has caused the decay of the consonants to follow somewhat different laws.
- James Byrne.
2.Destruction; death.
3.Cause of decay.
He that plots to be the only figure among ciphers, is the decay of the whole age.
- Bacon.

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