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degenerate

1. Physics
a. (of the constituents of a system) having the same energy but different wave functions
b. (of a semiconductor) containing a similar number of electrons in the conduction band to the number of electrons in the conduction band of metals
c. (of a resonant device) having two or more modes of equal frequency
2. Biology (of a plant or animal) having undergone degeneration
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He was scientific, and he gazed scientifically at that woman, the sister of a degenerate, a degenerate herself - of a murdering type.
When the spine degenerates over time or from an injury, the disc level collapses.
The structure degenerates into tyranny only when fundamental relationships between people become dependent on power.
If [xi] degenerates to a random variable, then the average chance degenerates to Pr{[xi] [member of] B}, which is just the probability of random event.
We cannot allow this place, the historical center of Santo Domingo [in the Dominican Republic], to be taken over by foreign and Dominican degenerates."
It shows a world where naturally conceived children are called "degenerates" and are relegated to the lowest jobs in society.
Gilbert: Vegas is a wide open town, and you can get away with just about anything, It's made for degenerates like us.
We may not be able to walk away from a bad program as easily as Zimbardo's subjects could have, but we do indeed have the ability and responsibility to speak up when a situation degenerates. We need to make the call and advise our superiors accordingly, waving the SAWABI flag whenever a current trajectory needs adjusting--or cancelling.
I point out this critical difference because the term synecdoche so fully realizes Richter's work, as has been noted by Benjamin Buchloh, to whom Storr refers in his piece as being "unquestionably among Richter's most important critics." Without the concept of synecdoche, Richter's work degenerates into a mindless display of forearm virtuosity.