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- 1Having lost the physical, mental, or moral qualities considered normal and desirable; showing evidence of decline: a degenerate form of a higher civilizationMore example sentences
- Nor is it good to offer women to butter-bellied Falstaff, too ugly and degenerate to be desirable.
- Their message about humanity is even more degenerate and degraded than that spouted by the previous administration.
- No society's moral vision has ever, surely, been more degenerate than that.
- 2 • technical Lacking some usual or expected property or quality, in particular:More example sentencesSynonymscorrupt, decadent, dissolute, dissipated, debauched, rakish, reprobate, profligate, depraved, perverted, despicable, base, vice-ridden, wicked, sinful, ungodly; immoral, unprincipled, amoral, dishonourable, disreputable, unsavoury, sordid, low, mean, ignoble; lewd, lecherous, lascivious, licentious, libidinous, loose, promiscuous, wanton, libertine, intemperate• informal pervy
- 2.1 Mathematics (Of a type of equation, curve, etc.) equivalent to a simpler type, especially when a variable or parameter is set to zero.More example sentences
- If the planes pass through the vertex of the cone, the conics are said to be degenerate, otherwise they are not.
- Joining the four points in pairs by lines gives six lines; pairing the six lines in three pairs so that each pair passes through all four points yields the three degenerate conies.
- This point is labelled A 3b, to emphasize that it is a degenerate quadrilateral.
- 2.2 Physics (Of an energy level) corresponding to more than one quantum state.More example sentences
- A set of degenerate states constitutes an energy level.
- For example, the p orbital has three possible angular momentum quantum states that are degenerate (of the same energy) under normal circumstances.
- Energetic frustration arises from the presence of competing interactions, which are degenerate in energy.
- 2.3 Physics (Of matter) at densities so high that gravitational contraction is counteracted, either by the Pauli exclusion principle or by an analogous quantum effect between closely packed neutrons.More example sentences
- The collapsed core will become a white dwarf, composed of degenerate matter supported by the inability of two electrons to occupy the same space.
- The pressure due to the ions can then be treated as an ideal gas, but the pressure due to the degenerate electrons is much larger and hence the gas obeys a different equation of state.
- The pressure maintained by a body of degenerate matter</m> is called the degeneracy pressure.
- 2.4 Biology Having reverted to a simpler form as a result of losing a complex or adaptive structure present in the ancestral form: degenerate offshoots from the main line of vertebrate progressMore example sentences
- Y chromosomes are genetically degenerate in most organisms studied.
- The coding sequences of most characterized plant retroelements are highly degenerate and are cluttered with stop codons, frameshifts, and deletions.
- A partly degenerate consensus sequence was created from the Aspergillus and Penicillium sequences to evaluate the statistical significance of this alignment.
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- Decline or deteriorate physically, mentally, or morally: the quality of life had degenerated the debate degenerated into a brawlMore example sentences
deteriorate, decline, sink, slip, slide, worsen, get/grow worse, take a turn for the worse, lapse, fail, fall off, slump, go downhill, regress, retrogress; decay, rot, go to rack and ruinAustralian/New Zealand • informal go to the pack• rare retrograde, devolvewaste away, waste, atrophy, weaken, become debilitated
- Mentally, he probably degenerated to the point where his main concerns are the basic human instincts.
- As a result, innovation has degenerated into developing new electoral tactics.
- Civility is an essential virtue in a free society, for without it, both free market capitalism and liberal democracy risk degenerating into anarchy or repression.
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- This exploration of the trash of the 20th century proposes a more underground and degenerately perverse origin and use of the medium.
- He plasters himself all over the guilty pleasures in which he so degenerately indulges.
- Specifically, electron scattering and transport models are developed for the degenerately doped conditions necessary for very-high-frequency diode operation.
late 15th century: from Latin degeneratus 'no longer of its kind', from the verb degenerare, from degener 'debased', from de- 'away from' + genus, gener- 'race, kind'.