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Definitions of degree

  1. an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study; "he earned his degree at Princeton summa cum laude" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a measure for arcs and angles; "there are 360 degrees in a circle" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime); "murder in the second degree"; "a second degree burn" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the highest power of a term or variable Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a unit of temperature on a specified scale; "the game was played in spite of the 40-degree temperature" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. A step, stair, or staircase. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. One of a series of progressive steps upward or downward, in quality, rank, acquirement, and the like; a stage in progression; grade; gradation; as, degrees of vice and virtue; to advance by slow degrees; degree of comparison. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The point or step of progression to which a person has arrived; rank or station in life; position. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Grade or rank to which scholars are admitted by a college or university, in recognition of their attainments; as, the degree of bachelor of arts, master, doctor, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A certain distance or remove in the line of descent, determining the proximity of blood; one remove in the chain of relationship; as, a relation in the third or fourth degree. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. State as indicated by sum of exponents; more particularly, the degree of a term is indicated by the sum of the exponents of its literal factors; thus, a2b3c is a term of the sixth degree. The degree of a power, or radical, is denoted by its index, that of an equation by the greatest sum of the exponents of the unknown quantities in any term; thus, ax4 + bx2 = c, and mx2y2 + nyx = p, are both equations of the fourth degree. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A 360th part of the circumference of a circle, which part is taken as the principal unit of measure for arcs and angles. The degree is divided into 60 minutes and the minute into 60 seconds. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A line or space of the staff. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A step or grade; rank or station in life; a stage in progress; a remove in relationship; academical rank conferred by an institution; as, a doctor's degree; one of three grades in the comparison of an adjective or adverb; a relative amount, extent, quality, etc.; the 360th part of the circumference of a circle; sixty geographical miles; a unit for measuring heat, cold, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Step; position; rank; extent; 360th part of a circle. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. One of a series of steps; grade; rank; station; amount; intensity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. One of the three forms in which an adjective or an adverb is compared; as, the positive, comparative, and superlative degrees. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. A step or grade in progression, in elevation, quality, dignity, or rank; relative position or rank; a certain distance or remove in the line of descent determining the proximity of blood; measure; extent; the 360th part of the circumference of a circle; a division, space, or interval marked on a mathematical or other instrument; a term applied to equations to denote the highest power of the unknown quantity; a mark of distinction conferred by universities after examination, or in honour. Honorary degrees, those of doctor of divinity, doctor of laws, &c. By degrees, step by step; gradually. To a degree, exceedingly. See Degrade. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. A portion of space taken as a unit of measure, as a degree of latitude; the 360th part of the circumference of a circle; a division on a mathematical or other instrument; a stage in progression; rank or station in society; relationship in blood; measure or extent; an interval of sound; rank or title conferred by a university: by degrees, step by step; gradually. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. Herbert said that he was hardly acquainted with it in any degree and explained that he merely knew the fact that his mother had been married before she met Sir Thomas. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  2. They knew nothing of them, but were certain of their degree – The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay by Maurice Hewlett
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