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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What was initially intended to be a celebration of music has degenerated into a weird marriage of fashion and commerce.Coachella, Oasis For Douchebags and Trust Fund Babies, Should Be Avoided At All Costs|Marlow Stern|April 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The war rapidly degenerated into horrific stalemate in the muddy, rat-infested trenches.The Art of Strategy: Or How to Fight and Lead Better|James A. Warren|December 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In other hands, this scenario might have degenerated into a caricature-filled freak show.Richard Porton on Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’|Richard Porton|May 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The scene degenerated, tear gas was used, and that set the stage for the more premeditated confrontations the following night.
Within the committee, partisan bickering has degenerated to personal distrust.
(b) Blood-casts contain red blood-corpuscles, usually much degenerated (Figs. 45 and 60).A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
This term means nothing in itself, but it expresses the fact that a degenerated heart finally refuses to act.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
All the evidence shows how entirely they have degenerated into mere societies of capitalists.The Influence and Development of English Gilds|Francis Aiden Hibbert
But their kings, from the great wealth which they possessed, degenerated into a luxurious way of life.
It is narrative instead of dramatic; fable prevails over action; passion has degenerated into character-drawing.Rhetoric and Poetry in the Renaissance|Donald Lemen Clark
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