Degradation of energy

Degradation Deg`ra*da"tion, n. [LL. degradatio, from degradare: cf. F. d['e]gradation. See {Degrade}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

He saw many removes and degradations in all the other offices of which he had been possessed. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being reduced in rank, character, or reputation; baseness; moral, physical, or intellectual degeneracy; disgrace; abasement; debasement. [1913 Webster]

The . . . degradation of a needy man of letters. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Deplorable is the degradation of our nature. --South. [1913 Webster]

Moments there frequently must be, when a sinner is sensible of the degradation of his state. --Blair. [1913 Webster]

3. Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy, or value; degeneration; deterioration. [1913 Webster]

The development and degradation of the alphabetic forms can be traced. --I. Taylor (The Alphabet). [1913 Webster]

4. (Geol.) A gradual wearing down or wasting, as of rocks and banks, by the action of water, frost etc. [1913 Webster]

5. (Biol.) The state or condition of a species or group which exhibits degraded forms; degeneration. [1913 Webster]

The degradation of the species man is observed in some of its varieties. --Dana. [1913 Webster]

6. (Physiol.) Arrest of development, or degeneration of any organ, or of the body as a whole. [1913 Webster]

{Degradation of energy}, or {Dissipation of energy} (Physics), the transformation of energy into some form in which it is less available for doing work.

Syn: Abasement; debasement; reduction; decline. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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