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TO DEGRADE, DEGRADING. To, sink or lower a person in the estimation of the public.
     2. As a man's character is of great importance to him, and it is his interest to retain the good opinion of all mankind, when he is a witness, he cannot be compelled to disclose any matter which would tend to disgrace or degrade him, 13 How. St. Tr. 17, 334, 16 How. St. Tr. 161. A question having that tendency, however, may be asked, and, in such case, when the witness chooses to answer it, the answer is conclusive. 1 Phil. Ev. 269; R. & M. 383.

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MDI's invention solves this problem by identifying the oldest video data, removing it from mass storage, degrading the video data and thereby leaving space in the mass storage device to store the most recently received video data.
All offer moisture resistance while still degrading fully, ICI reports.
Now there is a way to lower utility bills, reduce the probability of black-outs or brown-outs, and contribute to the betterment of the environment, all without degrading the home's aesthetics.
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In order to overcome these deficiencies, and to accelerate the degradation process, the degrading microorganisms should be specially selected and adapted, first to survive in the toxic environment and then to degrade the toxicant.
When Keynote detects that Internet performance is degrading, it uses its measurement computer infrastructure and its on-staff Internet performance analysts to determine the extent of the slowdown and the possible cause.
By comparing the Dobson measurements to those taken with instruments aboard the Nimbus 7 satellite, the scientists could correct for the degrading diffuser plate on the satellite.
By combining Decru DataFort storage security appliances with Spectra Logic tape libraries, enterprises can significantly improve the security of their stored data, without degrading network performance or disrupting existing backup procedures.
Preliminary tests also indicate there might be some microbes capable of degrading contaminated water.
There are problems with traditionally wired networks-length restrictions are intrinsic in Cat wire, degrading connectors and jacks, degrading cables, inclement weather effects, etc.