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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·cay v. i. [imp. & p. p. Decayed p. pr. & vb. n. Decaying.]  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.
 Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
 Where wealth accumulates and men decay.   --Goldsmith.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·cayed a. Fallen, as to physical or social condition; affected with decay; rotten; as, decayed vegetation or vegetables; a decayed fortune or gentleman. -- De*cay*ed*ness n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: deteriorated by decay or rot; "decayed teeth"
      2: damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless; "rotten floor
         boards"; "rotted beams"; "a decayed foundation" [syn: rotten,