- 1. decay, natural process, natural action, action, activity
- usage: the process of gradually becoming inferior
- 2. decay, decline, decrease, decrement
- usage: a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
- 3. decay, decomposition, organic phenomenon
- usage: the organic phenomenon of rotting
- 4. decay, unsoundness
- usage: an inferior state resulting from the process of decaying; "the corpse was in an advanced state of decay"; "the house had fallen into a serious state of decay and disrepair"
- 5. decay, radioactive decay, disintegration, nuclear reaction
- usage: the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation
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- 1. disintegrate, decay, decompose, change integrity
- usage: lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process"
- 2. decay, crumble, dilapidate, change
- usage: fall into decay or ruin; "The unoccupied house started to decay"
- 3. decay, change
- usage: undergo decay or decomposition; "The body started to decay and needed to be cremated"
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