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**degree**[di grē′]__n.__[ME*degre*< OFr*degr*é, degree, step, rank < VL **degradus*<*degradare*: see DEGRADE]**1.**any of the successive steps or stages in a process or series**2.**a step in the direct line of descent [a cousin in the second degree]**3.**social or official rank, position, or class [a man of low degree]**4.**relative condition; manner, respect, or relation [each contributing to victory in his degree]**5.**extent, amount, or relative intensity [hungry to a slight degree, burns of the third degree]**6.***Algebra*rank as determined by the sum of a term's exponents [the terms a^{3}c^{2}and x^{5}are of the fifth degree]**7.***Educ.*a rank given by a college or university to a student who has completed a required course of study, or to a distinguished person as an honor**8.***Gram.*a grade of comparison of adjectives and adverbs [the positive degree is “good,” the comparative degree is “better,” and the superlative degree is “best” ]☆**9.***Law*the seriousness of a crime [murder in the first degree]**10.***Math. Astron. Geog. etc.*a unit of measure for angles or arcs, one 360th part of the circumference of a circle: the measure of an angle is the number of degrees between its sides considered as radii of a circle: symbol, ° [a right angle has 90 degrees]**11.***Music*the relative position of a note within a given scale [B is the second degree in the scale of A]**12.***Physics***a)**a unit of measure on a scale, as for temperature**b)**a line marking a degree, as on a thermometer——————by degreesstep by step; gradually——————to a degree**1.***Chiefly Brit.*to a great extent**2.**somewhat

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**Degree**— may refer to: Contents 1 As a unit of measurement 2 In mathematics 3 In education … Wikipedia**Degree**— De*gree , n. [F. degr[ e], OF. degret, fr. LL. degradare. See {Degrade}.] 1. A step, stair, or staircase. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] By ladders, or else by degree. Rom. of R. [1913 Webster] 2. One of a series of progressive steps upward or downward,… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English**degree**— de·gree n 1: a step in a direct line of descent or in the line of ascent to a common ancestor 2 a: a measure of the seriousness of a crime see also fifth degree, first degree, f … Law dictionary**degree**— In Sheridan s The Rivals (1775), we find the assertion Assuredly, sir, your father is wrath to a degree, meaning ‘your father is extremely cross’. The use survived in more florid English into the 20c and was accepted by Fowler (1926) ‘however… … Modern English usage**degree**— early 13c., from O.Fr. degré (12c.) a step (of a stair), pace, degree (of relationship), academic degree; rank, status, position, said to be from V.L. *degradus a step, from L.L. degredare, from L. de down (see DE (Cf. de )) + gradus step (see… … Etymology dictionary**degree**— ► NOUN 1) the amount, level, or extent to which something happens or is present. 2) a unit of measurement of angles, equivalent to one ninetieth of a right angle. 3) a unit in a scale of temperature, intensity, hardness, etc. 4) an academic rank… … English terms dictionary**dégréé**— dégréé, ée (dé gré é, ée) part. passé. Un vaisseau dégréé … Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré**degree**— of freedom degree of polymerization … Mechanics glossary**degree**— [n1] unit of measurement amount, amplitude, caliber, dimension, division, expanse, extent, gauge, gradation, grade, height, intensity, interval, length, limit, line, link, mark, notch, period, plane, point, proportion, quality, quantity, range,… … New thesaurus**degree**— noun 1 measurement of angles VERB + DEGREE ▪ rotate, spin, turn ▪ I turned the wheel 90 degrees, PREPOSITION ▪ through … degrees ▪ … Collocations dictionary