In either case they decay as soon as their work is accomplished.
His death was a myth for the decay of vegetation, and his resurrection was a myth for its revival.
As this also occurs in early autumn, I suppose it to be occasioned by the decay of some of the leaves.
This, if left as it is, will decay and cause great mischief.
The symptoms of decay, which not even the wise rule of Theodosius had been able to remove, had grown more alarming.
The ground was covered with the bodies of men, women, and children, in all the loathsome stages of decay.
If the influence of tradition becomes unduly pronounced the moral life tends to decay and lose its vital adaptability.
Ruin and decay had invaded the sleeping-room of the miser, as it had every other part of his house.
The "church picnic" was held in a scene of decay, but 260 people, with all the women but three in red, enlivened it.
The intellect is of slower development than the body, and takes longer to decay.
decay c.1460, from O.Fr. decair, from V.L. *decadere "to fall off," from L. cadere "to fall" (see case (1)). Meaning "gradual decrease in radioactivity" is from 1897.