Definition of degree of freedom in English:

degree of freedom

Line breaks: de¦gree of free|dom


  • 1Each of a number of independently variable factors affecting the range of states in which a system may exist, in particular any of the directions in which independent motion can occur.
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    • Since rigid vibration is assumed, only a single degree of freedom exists, and structural relations within the organ of Corti should remain static during motion.
    • Figure 8 shows the mathematical model of the temporary barrier system with the kinematic degrees of freedom.
    • The explanation of this feature is that the model has more parameters than the degree of freedom of the system.
  • 1.1 Chemistry Each of a number of independent factors required to specify a system at equilibrium.
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    • This may be explained by an increasing degree of freedom of the side chains of the aromatic amino acids.
    • This is very important for folding simulation because the degrees of freedom of a protein molecule are very large and there are many local minima in the folding path.
    • For an intermolecular disulfide bond within a beta-structure, segmental flexibility is less important because of the higher degree of freedom of the system of two separate molecules.
  • 1.2 Statistics The number of independent values or quantities which can be assigned to a statistical distribution.
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    • As a consequence, covariance matrices of the coordinate data are not of full rank, and the degrees of freedom for some statistical tests need to be adjusted.
    • Even though in geometry 2 points define a line, empirical studies require at least 3 points to add an additional degree of freedom for statistical computations.
    • The tabulated P value was calculated for every test statistic, using an F distribution with the appropriate degrees of freedom.

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