Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: decay
IPA transcription: [dɪk'eɪ]
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: decay
    Meaning: the process of gradually becoming inferior
  • Synonyms: decay, decline
    Meaning: a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
  • Synonyms: decay, decomposition
    Meaning: the organic phenomenon of rotting
verb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: disintegrate, decay, decompose
    Meaning: lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"
  • Synonyms: decay, crumble, dilapidate
    Meaning: fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay"
Usage examples
  • I am not in love with decay.
  • His thin face was hardly changed at all, and strange to say there was no smell of decay from the corpse.
  • When thy impurities are blown away, and thou art free from guilt, thou wilt not enter again into birth and decay.
  • In the universal decay this volatile substance had chanced to survive, perhaps through many thousands of centuries.
  • It seems to be a fundamental law of all life and growth, as well as of all decay, that there shall be a constant change.
  • Whether the change was caused by something better than physical decay, who knows save him who can use even decay for redemption?
  • Thus the atmosphere became a deadly poison to the next poor victim who was left to breathe the noxious effluvia of corruption and decay.
  • Before this fire of sense decay, This smoke of thought blow clean away, And leave with ancient night alone The stedfast and enduring bone.
  • 'As far as I can gather,' he said, coughing above the spirit, 'you call it decay of the optic nerve, or something, and therefore hopeless.
  • In America, from a like cause, the government of the Union has gradually dwindled into a state of decay, approaching nearly to annihilation.