1) No longer in effect or use; not operating or functioning.
M.E., from O.Fr. defunct or directly from L defunctus "dead," literally "off-duty," from p.p. of defungi "to discharge, finish," from → de- "off, completely" + fungi "perform or discharge duty," from PIE root *bheug- "to enjoy" (cognates: Latin fructus).
Fr.: comète défunte
A comet that has lost its ability to emit dust and gas and no longer displays the classic cometary features of a nebulous coma and a tail, or a destroyed comet. Comet Pigott The asteroid (944) Hidalgo is considered by some to be a defunct comet because of its unusual orbit. Another case is the asteroid Phaethon.
Fr.: défuzzification, concrétisation
The process of producing a quantifiable result in a → fuzzy logic system, given → fuzzy sets and corresponding → membership functions. Defuzzification is the last step in a fuzzy logic system. After → fuzzy inferencing, the overall result is a → fuzzy value. This result should be defuzzified to obtain a final → crisp value.
1) General: Degenerate state or character. Reverting to an earlier, simpler, state.
From degener(ate), → degenerate, + -acy suffix of nouns of quality and state.
Vâgeni, from vâgen, → degenerate, + noun suffix -i.
fešâr-e vâgeni (#)
Fr.: pression de dégénérescence
Pressure in a degenerate electron or neutron gas. → degenerate matter.
Characterized by or associated with → degeneracy.
L. degeneratus, p.p. of degenerare "depart from one's kind, fall from ancestral quality," from → de- + gener-, stem of genus "race, stock, kind," gignere "to beget," cf. with Gk. genos "race, kind," gonos "birth, offspring," from PIE base *gen-/*gon-/*gn- "to produce, beget, be born," cf. Av. zan- "to bear, give birth to a child, be born," infinitive zazāite, zāta- "born," zana- "race" (in sruuô.zana- "belonging to the race of the horned ones"), O.Pers. zana- "tribe" (in paru-zana- "consisting of many tribes"), Skt. janati "begets, bears," jana- "creature, human being, race, tribe, people."
Vâgen, from vâ-, → de-, + gen "kind," (as in hamgen "of the same kind, like each other; friend, partner," from ham- "together," → com- + gen "kind," O.Pers./Av. zana- "race; tribe," cognate with L. genus, as above). Alternatively, gen may be a variant of Mid./Mod.Pers. gôn/gun "kind, type; manner; color, skin color," from Av. gaona- "hair, hair color, color."
Fr.: naine dégénérée
Same as → white dwarf.
mâdde-ye vâgen (#)
Fr.: matière dégénérée
Highly compressed matter in which the normal atomic structure has broken down and which, because of quantum-mechanical effects, exerts a pressure that is independent of temperature. Bodies with masses less than → Chandrasekhar's limit (1.4 solar masses) are supported by electron → degeneracy pressure and have densities of about 106 kg/m3. In collapsed stars of mass above 1.4 solar masses, gravity will overwhelm electron degeneracy and further collapse ensues. Electrons combine with protons to form neutrons, so producing a → neutron star. Because neutrons, like electrons, are → fermions and therefore subject to the → Pauli exclusion principle, at high enough densities, about 1014 kg/m3, neutron degeneracy pressure prevents further collapse of the star. For masses larger than 2-3 solar masses, even neutron degeneracy cannot prevent further collapse, and a → black hole is formed.
1) To lower in dignity or estimation; bring into contempt.
1) Subdivision of an interval in a scale of measurement.
From O.Fr. degré, from V.L. *degradus "a step," from L.L. degredare, from L. → de- "down" + gradus "step."
Darajé, from Ar. darajat "step, ladder."
degree of freedom
daraje-ye âzâdi (#)
Fr.: degré de liberté
degree of ionization
daraje-ye yoneš (#)
Fr.: degré d'ionisation
The number of electrons a neutral atom has lost in an ionizing physical process (radiation, shock, collision). In spectroscopy, the degree of ionization is indicated by a Roman numeral following the symbol for the element. A neutral atom is indicated by the Roman numeral I, a singly ionized atom, one which has lost one electron, is indicated by II, and so on. Thus O VI indicates an oxygen atom which has lost five electrons.
degree of polarization
Fr.: degré de polarisation
The ratio of the intensity of polarized portion of light to the total intensity at a point in the beam.
degree of stability
Fr.: degré de stabilité
degree of vertex
Fr.: degré de vertex
The act or process or an instance of dehumanizing.
Verbal noun of → dehumanize.
To deprive of → human qualities or personality.
The smaller and outermost of Mars' two satellites. It measures 12.6 km in size, and orbits Mars every 30.2 hours at a distance of about 23,500 km. It was discovered by the American astronomer Asaph Hall in 1877.
In Gk. mythology, Deimos, meaning "fear, terror," is one of the sons of Ares (Mars) and Aphrodite (Venus).
Chemistry: A process in which all charged species are removed from