A degenerate case is a case where the class of an object changes to a usually simpler object. Degenerate cases are limiting, meaning that the original object can not be changed any further. Table 1 shows a number of degenerate objects.
|General case||Degenerate case|
|Circle||A circle with a radius of zero has degenerated to a point.|
|Rectangle||A rectangle with one side having a length of zero has degenerated to a line segment.|
|Hyperbola||A hyperbola can degenerate into two lines crossing at a point.|
|Continuum||A degenerate continuum is a single point.|
|Table 1: Degenerate objects|
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