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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Examples from the Web for degenerated
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
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
Within the committee, partisan bickering has degenerated to personal distrust.
Like the rest of our world, his city had degenerated into subdead induced bedlam.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks|Max Brooks|January 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Instead, the tone in Quebec has degenerated to “my-way-or-the-highway.”
But unfortunately the speeches of that time had degenerated into false rhetoric, full of insincerity.The Battle of Principles|Newell Dwight Hillis
It is degenerated in the common mouth to the meaning almost of 'elementary.'The Life of Francis Thompson|Everard Meynell
Later still they degenerated into mere angle strips, as in the cathedral of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores and elsewhere.Portuguese Architecture|Walter Crum Watson
When he was much affected he always “degenerated to the language of his forebears of the Emerald Isle,” as he used to say.The Winning Touchdown|Lester Chadwick
And you must please to note that manners in those days had not degenerated to what they are in these.Johnny Ludlow, Fifth Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for degenerated
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