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disintegrate

  

      vb  
1    to break or be broken into fragments or constituent parts; shatter  
2    to lose or cause to lose cohesion or unity  
3    intr   to lose judgment or control; deteriorate  
4      (Physics)  
a    to induce or undergo nuclear fission, as by bombardment with fast particles  
b       another word for       decay       3  
  disintegrable      adj  
  disintegration      n  
  disintegrative      adj  
  disintegrator      n  
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decay  
      vb  
1    to decline or cause to decline gradually in health, prosperity, excellence, etc.; deteriorate; waste away  
2    to rot or cause to rot as a result of bacterial, fungal, or chemical action; decompose  
3    intr     (Also:)   
   disintegrate            (Physics)  
a    (of an atomic nucleus) to undergo radioactive disintegration  
b    (of an elementary particle) to transform into two or more different elementary particles  
4    intr     (Physics)   (of a stored charge, magnetic flux, etc.) to decrease gradually when the source of energy has been removed  
      n  
5    the process of decline, as in health, mentality, beauty, etc.  
6    the state brought about by this process  
7    decomposition, as of vegetable matter  
8    rotten or decayed matter  
the dentist drilled out the decay     
9      (Physics)  
a       See       radioactive decay  
b    a spontaneous transformation of an elementary particle into two or more different particles  
10      (Physics)   a gradual decrease of a stored charge, magnetic flux, current, etc., when the source of energy has been removed  
   See also       time constant  
11      (Music)   the fading away of a note  
     (C15: from Old Northern French decaïr, from Late Latin decadere, literally: to fall away, from Latin cadere to fall)  
  decayable      adj  


disintegrate         
      vb  
1    to break or be broken into fragments or constituent parts; shatter  
2    to lose or cause to lose cohesion or unity  
3    intr   to lose judgment or control; deteriorate  
4      (Physics)  
a    to induce or undergo nuclear fission, as by bombardment with fast particles  
b       another word for       decay       3  
  disintegrable      adj  
  disintegration      n  
  disintegrative      adj  
  disintegrator      n  

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disintegrate

  
  
break apart, break up, crumble, disunite, fall apart, fall to pieces, go to pieces, go to seed, reduce to fragments, separate, shatter, splinter  

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