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Decay

Decay

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)

Origin: OF. Decaeir, dechaer, decheoir, f. Dechoir, to decline, fall, become less; L. De- _ cadere to fall. See chance.

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. Perhaps my god, though he be far before, May turn, and take me by the hand, and more - May strengthen my decays. (Herbert) His [Johnson's] failure was not to be ascribed to intellectual decay. (Macaulay) Which has caused the decay of the consonants to follow somewhat different laws. (James Byrne)

2. Destruction; death.

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

Synonym: decline, consumption. See decline. A gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current.The organic phenomenon of rotting.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.The spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation.The decomposition of biological tissue into more simpler forms, usually catalysed by the presence of fungi and bacteria so they can extract energy from the decaying material.


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Are Evergreens better for reducing carbon?

It seems to be covered with wax or something alike, which will slow the decay, but I don't see really a reason, why should that be an advantage in reducing carbon footprint.

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by JackBean
Tue May 13, 2014 5:10 pm
 
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Re: holographic origin of life

... The factor ε must follow a normal distribution as known by statistics. C) One can also test the way the living forms and their functions are decaying when they move to more hostile conditions on earth, such as extreme temperatures, deep ocean etc. Do they decay as if they where random chemical ...

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Are Evergreens better for reducing carbon?

... pile. The cuttings from the Acuba still look the same as the day I cut them, which got me wondering that maybe evergreens, because of their slow decay have a smaller carbon footprint then deciduous plants.

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by Gannet
Sun Apr 13, 2014 3:56 pm
 
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Re: Re:

... a fact about the world long before I take it. Using a Schrodinger's cat type affair, we can set things so that there is a 50% chance of observing decay, but there is no way of knowing whether or not we will observe it. If nobody tells me the result of the "cat" the probability that decay ...

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Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:13 am
 
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... a fact about the world long before I take it. Using a Schrodinger's cat type affair, we can set things so that there is a 50% chance of observing decay, but there is no way of knowing whether or not we will observe it. If nobody tells me the result of the "cat" the probability that decay ...

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by ughaibu
Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:29 pm
 
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