degeneracy

[ dih-jen-er-uh-see ]
/ dɪˈdʒɛn ər ə si /

noun

degenerate state or character.
the process of degenerating; decline.
degenerate behavior, especially behavior considered sexually deviant.
Physics. the number of distinct quantum states of a system that have a given energy.

Origin of degeneracy

First recorded in 1655–65; degener(ate) + -acy
Related formsnon·de·gen·er·a·cy, noun, plural non·de·gen·er·a·cies.pre·de·gen·er·a·cy, nounun·de·gen·er·a·cy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for degeneracy

degeneracy

/ (dɪˈdʒɛnərəsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

the act or state of being degenerate
the process of becoming degenerate
physics the number of degenerate quantum states of a particular orbital, degree of freedom, energy level, etc
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Word Origin and History for degeneracy

degeneracy


n.

1660s, from degenerate + -cy.

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