verb (used without object), de·gen·er·at·ed, de·gen·er·at·ing.
verb (used with object), de·gen·er·at·ed, de·gen·er·at·ing.
- (of modes of vibration of a system) having the same frequency.
- (of quantum states of a system) having equal energy.
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You’d put a mask on the little degenerate to keep him from spewing it all too far.Terrible Year, Great Discoveries: Our Favorite Stories of 2020|Randy Dotinga|December 24, 2020|Voice of San Diego
It is hifalutin talk for an industry currently dominated by financial sharks and Bitcoin whales who frequently describe themselves as “degenerates.”
Prove that there is a set of n points in the plane such that the distance between any two points is irrational and each set of three points determines a non-degenerate triangle with rational area.At the Math Olympiad, Computers Prepare to Go for the Gold - Facts So Romantic|Kevin Hartnett|September 22, 2020|Nautilus
Losses can also occur after a chance gene duplication, when the superfluous copy degenerates, since selection no longer preserves it.By Losing Genes, Life Often Evolved More Complexity|Viviane Callier|September 1, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Over the subsequent two quarters, SERP visibility continued to degenerate with a lingering active manual penalty.
Then, with a grin, “And we all know how degenerate those people are.”‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music|Kevin Fallon|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The popular narrative is that Hitler and his Nazi regime thought all modern art was "degenerate."Top Nazis And Their Complicated Relationship With Artists|William O’Connor|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Being a fan of Liquid Sky carries the cachet of degenerate hipness to this day, 32 years after it was filmed.Punks, UFOs, and Heroin: How ‘Liquid Sky’ Became a Cult Movie|Daniel Genis|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Few of us would argue that such thoughts render someone a moral degenerate—or even as grievously ignorant.The Supreme Court Steps Back From Tokenism Under a New Name|John McWhorter|June 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Protests that routinely degenerate into rock-throwing are not, in fact, nonviolent.
What the armor-bearer was for the warlike races of old, such is the tchbukdi for their degenerate descendants.
Avoid sarcasm; it will, unconsciously to yourself, degenerate into pertness, and often downright rudeness.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
He observes, also, that these grapes degenerate in the south, but do well in the north in dry and stony soil.The Art of Drinking|Georg Gottfried Gervinus
We infer from his writings that his age was degenerate and corrupt, but, as we have already said, his reproofs were gentle.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I|John Lord
The Curaoa track is hardly passable, but it must be trod to-morrow by the degenerate feet of their successor the Wallaroos.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for degenerate
verb (dɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt) (intr)
- (of the constituents of a system) having the same energy but different wave functions
- (of a semiconductor) containing a similar number of electrons in the conduction band to the number of electrons in the conduction band of metals
- (of a resonant device) having two or more modes of equal frequency