Meaning of DEGRADATION in English


— degradational , adj. — degradative , adj.

/deg'reuh day"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act of degrading.

2. the state of being degraded.

3. Physical Geog. the wearing down of the land by the erosive action of water, wind, or ice.

4. Chem. the breakdown of an organic compound.

[ 1525-35; degradation- (s. of degradatio ), equiv. to degradat ( us ) (ptp. of degradare to DEGRADE) + -ion- -ION ]

Syn. 2. humiliation, disgrace, dishonor, debasement.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .