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.
Origin of degenerate
Examples from the Web for degenerate
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
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
He is a progenitor of what could be called the degenerate school of American fiction.American Dreams: ‘Tobacco Road’ by Erskine Caldwell|Nathaniel Rich|April 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If the states want to emulate casinos, degenerate, compulsive play is where the money is.Online Casinos Run by New York, Other States Will Target Gambling Addicts|Josh Axelrad|January 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Guardian warns, in a page-wide headline, that it could degenerate into a fiasco of Suez 1956 proportions.
Austria was now the preponderating power in degenerate Italy.The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power|John S. C. Abbott
They talked, and I was punished as a degenerate little villain.Claire|Leslie Burton Blades
He knows and we know that these mongrel herds, as he calls the outside enemy, are not so degenerate.City of Endless Night|Milo Hastings
It is liable to degenerate; and, though sometimes classed as a Winter Endive, is less hardy than many other sorts.The Field and Garden Vegetables of America|Fearing Burr
Women are the purer and the more ornamental part of life, and when they degenerate, the Poetry of Life is gone.Conversation|Andrew P. Peabody
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