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code decay

The tendency for computer software to become gradually worse in performance or responsiveness over time, eventually leading to it becoming completely faulty, unresponsive, or unusable. This is either due to software failing to remain up to date and compatible with the operating system in which it operates, or because the software's code has been updated or altered in ways that have introduced more bugs and errors over time. (It doesn't refer to actual physical decay.) If you want to develop programs that people continue to use for years to come, you've got to factor in ways to avoid code decay with each new update, the users will eventually move on to something that works better. A lot of people just let programs sit on their hard drives for years at a time without being updated or upgraded at all, and then are totally flabbergasted when code decay renders them totally unusable down the line.
See also: code, decay

fall into decay

To deteriorate or rot. We inject preservatives to keep the body from falling into decay. The church has really fallen into decay—it will take a lot of time and money to restore it.
See also: decay, fall

software decay

The tendency for computer software to become gradually worse in performance or responsiveness over time, eventually leading to it becoming completely faulty, unresponsive, or unusable. This is either due to software failing to remain up to date and compatible with the operating system in which it operates, or because the software's code has been updated or altered in ways that have introduced more bugs and errors over time. (It doesn't refer to actual physical decay.) If you want to develop programs that people continue to use for years to come, you've got to factor in ways to avoid software decay with each new update, the users will eventually move on to something that works better. A lot of people just let programs sit on their hard drives for years at a time without being updated or upgraded at all, and then are totally flabbergasted when software decay renders them totally unusable down the line.
See also: decay, software
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fall into decay

to degenerate; to rot. The house was very old and had fallen into decay. The small town fell into decay, and people moved out.
See also: decay, fall
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Q: So it isn't true that decay only gets worse when you delay getting a filling?
"Tooth decay actually is a bacterial disease and in fact, [it is] an infectious one.
In some parts of the country - such as Rochdale, in Greater Manchester - nearly half of all five-year-olds already have obvious decay.
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South Tyneside's 2014/15 figures - with a sample size of 153 - saw 26% of five-year-olds having experienced tooth decay while County Durham saw 35.1% over the same period.
Tooth decay was defined as the presence of one of more tooth surfaces affected by dental caries as determined by dental examiners using a standardized protocol.
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"As a government we are fully committed to tackling all forms of inequality, so I'm particularly pleased to see that children from the most deprived backgrounds are seeing the biggest reduction in tooth decay."
'For a long time it was believed that tooth decay was a rapidly progressive phenomenon and the best way to manage it was to identify early decay and remove it immediately in order to prevent a tooth surface from breaking up into cavities.
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Dual protection of wood against both decay and fire has been proposed for remedial situations and interior construction.
Tooth decay falls among children THE number of five-yearolds with tooth decay in Yorkshire has gone down, according to the latest Oral Health Survey published by Public Health England.
Ever since the dental profession developed, dentists have been making an effort to treat and properly inform people about the prevention of tooth decay. Researchers have linked as many as two to three hundred different bacterial species to the production of the decay.
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