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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Example sentences from the Web for degenerate
“This is a community of full blown first class … degenerates which take pleasure in posting losses accumulating into the millions every” month, one expletive-filled post read Tuesday.As GameStop stock crumbles, newbie traders reckon with heavy losses|Drew Harwell|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
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.
Disagreement over this is fierce, sometimes degenerating into ludicrous levels of incivility.Pew Survey Raises More Questions About American Jewry|Brent E. Sasley|October 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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.
The fathers, who sometimes made use of these figures, wrote in times and countries in which nearly all the arts were degenerating.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Far from degenerating, the Australians show advance when they supersede their beast or other totem by an eponymous human hero.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1|Andrew Lang
And shall we find in France a country where the general type of the race is degenerating or improving?The Education of American Girls|Anna Callender Brackett
The idea that the English language is degenerating in America is an absolutely groundless illusion.America To-day, Observations and Reflections|William Archer
Dignity prevents love from degenerating into desire, and grace, from esteem turning into fear.The Aesthetical Essays|Friedrich Schiller
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