[ verb ] break down
"The bodies decomposed in the heat"
Used in print(William C. Smith, "Why Fear Ideas?"...)
A successful businessman recently prefaced his address to a luncheon group with the statement that all economists should be sent to the hospitals for the mentally deranged where they and their theories might rot together .
[ noun ] (biology) decaying caused by bacterial or fungal action
Used in print(W. E. B. DuBois, Worlds of Color....)
First_of_all there was the parsonage , an utterly impossible place for civilized people to live_in , originally poorly conceived , apparently not repaired for years , with no plumbing or sewage , with rat-holes and rot .