# What is degenerate?

### Some articles on degenerate:

Line Segment - As A Degenerate Ellipse
... A line segment can be viewed as a degenerate case of an ellipse in which the semiminor axis goes to zero, the foci go to the end points, and the ... As a degenerate orbit this is a radial elliptic trajectory ...
Degenerate Semiconductor
... A degenerate semiconductor is a semiconductor with such a high level of doping that the material starts to act more like a metal than as a semiconductor ... On the other hand a degenerate semiconductor still has far fewer charge carriers than a true metal so that its behavior is in many ways intermediary between semiconductor and metal ... Many copper chalcogenides are degenerate p-type semiconductors with relatively large numbers of holes in their valence band ...
Hyperboloid - Degenerate
... A degenerate hyperboloid is of the form if a = b then this will give a cone, if not then it gives an elliptical cone ...
Conic Section - Cartesian Coordinates - Eccentricity in Terms of Parameters of The Quadratic Form
... = B2 the conic is a parabola and its eccentricity equals 1 (if it is non-degenerate) ... assuming the equation represents either a non-degenerate hyperbola or a non-degenerate, non-imaginary ellipse, the eccentricity is given by where η = 1 if the determinant of the 3 ...
Milnor Number - Geometric Interpretation
... We say that a point is a degenerate singular point, or that f has a degenerate singularity, at if is a singular point and the Hessian matrix of all second order partial derivatives has zero ... We can speak about the multiplicity of this degenerate singularity by thinking about how many points are infinitesimally glued ... If we now perturb the image of f in a certain stable way the isolated degenerate singularity at 0 will split up into other isolated singularities which are non-degenerate ...

### More definitions of "degenerate":

• (noun): A person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior.
Synonyms: pervert, deviant, deviate

### Famous quotes containing the word degenerate:

In this distribution of functions, the scholar is the delegated intellect. In the right state, he is, Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim of society, he tends to become a mere thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men’s thinking.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

He was ... a degenerate gambler. That is, a man who gambled simply to gamble and must lose. As a hero who goes to war must die. Show me a gambler and I’ll show you a loser, show me a hero and I’ll show you a corpse.
Mario Puzo (b. 1920)

James Bond in his Sean Connery days ... was the first well-known bachelor on the American scene who was not a drifter or a degenerate and did not eat out of cans.
Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941)