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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of degrading.
  • n. The state of being degraded; degeneration.
  • n. A decline to a lower condition, quality, or level.
  • n. Geology A general lowering of the earth's surface by erosion or weathering.
  • n. Chemistry Decomposition of a compound by stages, exhibiting well-defined intermediate products.
  • n. Computer Science The state in which a computer operates when some of its memory or peripherals are not available.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of reducing in rank, character, or reputation, or of abasing; a lowering from one's standing or rank in office or society; diminution; as, the degradation of a peer, a knight, a general, or a bishop.
  • n. The state of being reduced in rank, character, or reputation; baseness; moral, physical, or intellectual degeneracy; disgrace; abasement; debasement.
  • n. Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy, or value; degeneration; deterioration.
  • n. A gradual wearing down or wasting, as of rocks and banks, by the action of water, frost etc.
  • n. A deleterious change in the chemical structure, physical properties or appearance of a material from natural or artificial exposure.
  • n. The state or condition of a species or group which exhibits degraded forms; degeneration.
  • n. Arrest of development, or degeneration of any organ, or of the body as a whole.
  • n. The gradual breakdown of components of a material, as a result of a natural element, i.e.: heat, cold and wind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of reducing in rank, character, or reputation, or of abasing; a lowering from one's standing or rank in office or society; diminution.
  • n. The state of being reduced in rank, character, or reputation; baseness; moral, physical, or intellectual degeneracy; disgrace; abasement; debasement.
  • n. Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy, or value; degeneration; deterioration.
  • n. A gradual wearing down or wasting, as of rocks and banks, by the action of water, frost etc.
  • n. The state or condition of a species or group which exhibits degraded forms; degeneration.
  • n. Arrest of development, or degeneration of any organ, or of the body as a whole.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A reducing in rank; the act of depriving one of a degree of honor, of dignity, or of rank; deposition, removal, or dismissal from rank or office: as, the degradation of a general.
  • n. The state of being reduced from a higher to a lower grade of power, character, or estimation; degeneracy; debasement.
  • n. The act of sinking to a lower level in space.
  • n. Diminution or reduction, as of strength, value, altitude, or magnitude.
  • n. In painting, a lessening and obscuring of distant objects in a landscape, to give the effect of distance.
  • n. In geology, the reduction or wearing down of higher lands, rocks, strata, etc., by the action of water or other causes.
  • n. In biology, abortive structural development; retrograde metamorphosis, such as that witnessed in many parasites as a result of their parasitism.
  • n. In botany, a change consisting of abstraction, loss, abortion, or non-development of usual organs.
  • n. In heraldry, same as abatement.
  • n. In organic chemistry, the resolution of the molecule of a compound into other substances of smaller molecular weight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a low or downcast state
  • n. changing to a lower state (a less respected state)

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