decay [-s] n

OFr decair < L. cadere, to fall.

  1. Death; decline; [fig.] degeneracy; depravity; moral corruption.
  2. Ageing process; gradual destruction; biological corruption; (see Leviticus 25:35).
  3. Fatigue; exhaustion; fainting.

decay [-ed] v

see decay, n.

  1. Destroy; deteriorate; decline gradually; (see Ecclesiastes 10:18).
  2. Process of death; gradually decline towards death of a living thing or person.