Degradation


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degradation

[‚deg·rə′dā·shən]
(computer science)
Condition under which a computer operates when some area of memory or some units of peripheral equipment are not available to the user.
(geology)
The wearing down of the land surface by processes of erosion and weathering.
(hydrology)
Lowering of a stream bed.
Shrinkage or disappearance of permafrost.
(organic chemistry)
Conversion of an organic compound to one containing a smaller number of carbon atoms.
(physics)
Loss of energy of a particle, such as a neutron or photon, through a collision.
(thermodynamics)
The conversion of energy into forms that are increasingly difficult to convert into work, resulting from the general tendency of entropy to increase.

Degradation

A loss of the original characteristics, or weakening of an element by erosion; a disintegration of paint by heat, moisture, sunlight or natural weathering. Also harmful action caused by human activity, such as vandalism.

Degradation

 

in biology, the simplification in structure and function of animals or plants under the influence of conditions of existence that have altered. Distinction is made between ontogenetic degradation—that is, simplification of the organism in the final stages of its development as compared with the initial stages—and phylogenetic degradation, or simplification of the structure of descendants as compared with the organization of their ancestors.

degradation

Disintegration of a paint film by heat, moisture, sunlight, or natural causes.
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She then adopted the submission of a slave, and regarded it as a meritorious deed to accept the degradation in which her husband placed her.
Before an anchor can ever be raised, it must be let go; and this perfectly obvious truism brings me at once to the subject of the degradation of the sea language in the daily press of this country.
Benevolence, devotedness, enthusiasm, were her antipathies; for dissimulation and self-interest she had a preference--they were real wisdom in her eyes; moral and physical degradation, mental and bodily inferiority, she regarded with indulgence; they were foils capable of being turned to good account as set-offs for her own endowments.
They were one of the few families then resident in the colonies who thought it a degradation to its members to descend to the pursuits of commerce; and who never emerged from the privacy of domestic life unless to preside in the councils of the colony or to bear arms in her defense.
Sir Walter could not have borne the degradation of being known to design letting his house.
If the heads of the Durbeyfield household chose to sail into difficulty, disaster, starvation, disease, degradation, death, thither were these half-dozen little captives under hatches compelled to sail with them--six helpless creatures, who had never been asked if they wished for life on any terms, much less if they wished for it on such hard conditions as were involved in being of the shiftless house of Durbeyfield.
Some violence I think is done, some degradation borne, when I rejoice or grieve at a gift.
His horror at the degradation he had suffered helped him.
His days were filled with morbid self-pity, which eventually engendered in his weak and vacillating mind a hatred for those who had sent him here--for the very men he had at first inwardly thanked for saving him from the ignominy of degradation.
I profaned my remembrances of Mary in the company of women who had reached the lowest depths of degradation.
He swore luridly, for he felt that it was degradation for one who aimed to be some vague soldier, or a man of blood with a sort of sublime license, to be taken home by a father.
No," said the Depth of Degradation, "they have already fallen to me.