(Dec"a*style) a. [Gr. de`ka ten + sty`los a column.] (Arch.) Having ten columns in front; — said of a portico, temple, etc.n. A portico having ten pillars or columns in front.

(Dec`a*syl*lab"ic) a. [Pref. deca- + syllabic: cf. F. décasyllabique, décasyllable.] Having, or consisting of, ten syllables.

(Dec`a*to"ic) a. (Chem.) Pertaining to, or derived from, decane.

(De*cay") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Decayed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Decaying.] [OF. decaeir, dechaer, decheoir, F. déchoir, to decline, fall, become less; L. de- + cadere to fall. See Chance.] 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.

(De*cay"), v. t.

1. To cause to decay; to impair. [R.]

Infirmity, that decays the wise.

2. To destroy. [Obs.] Shak.

(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.

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

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

Which has caused the decay of the consonants to follow somewhat different laws.
James Byrne.

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

3. Cause of decay. [R.]

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

Syn. — Decline; consumption. See Decline.

(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.

(De*cay"er) n. A causer of decay. [R.]

(De*cease") n. [OE. deses, deces, F. décès, fr. L. decessus departure, death, fr. decedere to depart, die; de- + cedere to withdraw. See Cease, Cede.] Departure, especially departure from this life; death.

His decease, which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
Luke ix. 31.

And I, the whilst you mourn for his decease,
Will with my mourning plaints your plaint increase.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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