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
Synonyms for degenerate
Examples from the Web for degenerating
Contemporary Examples of degenerating
But other states, especially Russia, have had trouble adjusting to a market economy, degenerating into massive kleptocracies.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist
December 19, 2014
Our culture, he argued, has been degenerating since the 1960s.Rick Santorum Ambushed at Personhood Forum by Abortion Flyers, Ron Paul Fans
January 19, 2012
[But] given my degenerating portability, I'm probably not suitable for live-in-studio-Charles-Rose-TV.Requiem for a Tough Guy
June 3, 2009
Historical Examples of degenerating
Ladies, ladies—this is degenerating into a mere hammer-fest.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The world has been degenerating into a maudlin state of sentiment for some years.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
Having been a coxcomb in his youth, Fox was now degenerating into the sloven.Beaux and Belles of England
He looked as if he were degenerating into the grub even before he died.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
Cows that are degenerating into consumption are exceedingly subject to abortion.Cattle and Their Diseases
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
Word Origin for degenerate
1540s, from Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare "fall from ancestral quality" (see degenerate (adj.)). Figurative sense of "to fall off, decline" was in Latin. Related: Degenerated; degenerating.
late 15c., from Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare "to be inferior to one's ancestors, to become unlike one's race or kind, fall from ancestral quality," used of physical as well as moral qualities, from phrase de genere, from de + genus (genitive generis) "birth, descent" (see genus). The noun is from 1550s.