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 for Degradation of energy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              He saw many removes and degradations in all the
              other offices of which he had been possessed.
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     2. The state of being reduced in rank, character, or
        reputation; baseness; moral, physical, or intellectual
        degeneracy; disgrace; abasement; debasement.
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              The . . . degradation of a needy man of letters.
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              Deplorable is the degradation of our nature.
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              Moments there frequently must be, when a sinner is
              sensible of the degradation of his state. --Blair.
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     3. Diminution or reduction of strength, efficacy, or value;
        degeneration; deterioration.
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              The development and degradation of the alphabetic
              forms can be traced.                  --I. Taylor
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     4. (Geol.) A gradual wearing down or wasting, as of rocks and
        banks, by the action of water, frost etc.
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     5. (Biol.) The state or condition of a species or group which
        exhibits degraded forms; degeneration.
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              The degradation of the species man is observed in
              some of its varieties.                --Dana.
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     6. (Physiol.) Arrest of development, or degeneration of any
        organ, or of the body as a whole.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Energy \En"er*gy\, n.; pl. Energies. [F. ['e]nergie, LL.
     energia, fr. Gr.?, fr. ? active; ? in + ? work. See In, and
     1. Internal or inherent power; capacity of acting, operating,
        or producing an effect, whether exerted or not; as, men
        possessing energies may suffer them to lie inactive.
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              The great energies of nature are known to us only by
              their effects.                        --Paley.
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     2. Power efficiently and forcibly exerted; vigorous or
        effectual operation; as, the energy of a magistrate.
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     3. Strength of expression; force of utterance; power to
        impress the mind and arouse the feelings; life; spirit; --
        said of speech, language, words, style; as, a style full
        of energy.
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     4. (Physics) Capacity for performing work.
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     Note: The kinetic energy of a body is the energy it has in
           virtue of being in motion. It is measured by one half
           of the product of the mass of each element of the body
           multiplied by the square of the velocity of the
           element, relative to some given body or point. The
           available kinetic energy of a material system
           unconnected with any other system is that energy which
           is due to the motions of the parts of the system
           relative to its center of mass. The potential energy of
           a body or system is that energy which is not kinetic;
           -- energy due to configuration. Kinetic energy is
           sometimes called actual energy. Kinetic energy is
           exemplified in the vis viva of moving bodies, in heat,
           electric currents, etc.; potential energy, in a bent
           spring, or a body suspended a given distance above the
           earth and acted on by gravity.
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     Accumulation, Conservation, Correlation, & Degradation
     of energy, etc. (Physics) See under Accumulation,
        Conservation, Correlation, etc.
     Syn: Force; power; potency; vigor; strength; spirit;
          efficiency; resolution.
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