Decay

De*cay"

, 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.
[1913 Webster]

Perhaps my God, though he be far before,
May turn, and take me by the hand, and more --
May strengthen my decays.
Herbert.
[1913 Webster]

His [Johnson's] failure was not to be ascribed to intellectual decay.
Macaulay.
[1913 Webster]

Which has caused the decay of the consonants to follow somewhat different laws.
James Byrne.
[1913 Webster]

2. Destruction; death. [Obs.] Spenser.
[1913 Webster]

3. Cause of decay. [R.]
[1913 Webster]

He that plots to be the only figure among ciphers, is the decay of the whole age.
Bacon.

Syn. -- Decline; consumption. See Decline.
[1913 Webster]

 

New - Add Dictionary Search to Your Site

You can add a free dictionary search box to your own web site by copying and pasting the following HTML into one of your web pages:

<form action="http://www.freedict.co.uk/search.php" method="post">
 <p style="text-align: center; font-family: sans-serif;">
  <a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.freedict.co.uk/"
     title="FreeDict free online dictionary">FreeDict</a>
  <input type="text" name="word" size="20" value="" />
  <input type="submit" name="submit" value="Search Dictionary" />
 </p>
</form>

 

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Fri 14th December 2018