ETYM Latin consumptio: cf. French consomption.
1. The process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating); SYN. ingestion, intake, uptake.
2. The act of consuming something; SYN. using up, expenditure.
3. (Economics) The utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; SYN. economic consumption, usance, use, use of goods and services.
In literary and artistic criticism, the decline that follows a time of great cultural achievement. It is typified by world-weariness, self-consciousness, and the search for new stimulation through artistic refinement and degenerate behavior. The term is used especially in connection with the fin-de-sičcle styles of the late 19th century (Symbolism, the Aesthetic Movement, and Art Nouveau). It has been applied to such artists and writers as Arthur Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde, and Aubrey Beardsley.
A decrease in the amplitude of a signal over time.
1. A gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current; SYN. decline.
2. An inferior state resulting from the process of decaying.
3. The organic phenomenon of rotting; SYN. decomposition.
4. The phenomenon of spontaneous changes in the nucleus of an atom; SYN. radioactive decay.
5. The process of gradually becoming inferior.
6. The spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation; SYN. radioactive decay, disintegration.
ETYM Apparently corrupted from French déclinaison, from Latin declinatio, from declinare. Related to Decline, Declination.
1. A class of nouns having the same inflectional forms.
2. The complete set of inflected forms of a noun or pronoun or adjective.
3. The inflection of nouns and pronouns and adjectives.
4. Decline; Grammar, group of nouns with same inflection; naming the inflections of nouns.