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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.
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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

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

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
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Count up each pile of pennies to record the number of decayed and undecayed atoms for each half-life.
Children in some areas had 2.3 teeth either decayed, missing or filled teeth at the age of five.
For the decayed beam, 5 transverse measurements were taken along the depth at 60 locations along the length.
At that time, the group concluded that each fleeting atom of element 118 rapidly decayed into other elements, including never-before-seen element 116.
The fireball of electron-positron annihilation spat out a particle that promptly decayed into a bottom quark and its antimatter counterpart.
One of the study's authors, Dr Helen Whelton, said: "For every 1,000 15-year-olds in the Republic there are an estimated 2,100 decayed, missing or filled teeth.
In children over 5 years old, nearly 40 percent of tooth surfaces in non-Hispanic black and Mexican American children were decayed, and 40 percent of those had not been filled.
Treatment involves drilling a hole into the centre of the tooth or piercing the gum to relieve the pressure and remove dead or decayed tissue.
As sumarium-146 decayed, it would have produced a relative excess of neodymium-142 in the mantle -- and a matching underabundance in the material that left the mantle, Harper says.
A few drops are then applied to the decayed surface.
At 20 to 25 feet, they encountered heavily decayed gray slime.
Particularly under the anaerobic conditions, where decomposition was greatest, up to 15 percent of the 1,200-carbon-long molecules gradually decayed into natural, nontoxic 25-carbon waxes -- like those that form naturally on apples, Tempesta notes.
An electron moving at nearly the speed of light collided head-on with an equally fast positron, an electron's antimatter counterpart, to produce a Z[deg.] particle, which decayed almost immediately into a quark-antiquark pair.