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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Soon Conrad Habicht, a mathematics student, joined the conversation, and the three young bohemians formed something of a book club for highbrowed degenerates.When Einstein Tilted at Windmills - Issue 93: Forerunners|Amanda Gefter|November 18, 2020|Nautilus
But other states, especially Russia, have had trouble adjusting to a market economy, degenerating into massive kleptocracies.
Our culture, he argued, has been degenerating since the 1960s.Rick Santorum Ambushed at Personhood Forum by Abortion Flyers, Ron Paul Fans|Michelle Goldberg|January 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
[But] given my degenerating portability, I'm probably not suitable for live-in-studio-Charles-Rose-TV.
He did all that was in his power to do to prevent his authority from degenerating into tyranny.
It has a more immoral and degenerating effect upon the mind because it is applied directly.The Curse of Education|Harold E. Gorst
English rabbits are degenerating in size, and the introduction of some of the continental varieties would be beneficial.Poachers and Poaching|John Watson
A few generations of such a degenerating process would either exterminate the race or drive it back to Darwin's ancestral ape.Plain Facts for Old and Young|John Harvey Kellogg
The degenerating of grace, is a way of backsliding, very common, and too little observed.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)|Richard Baxter
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