Meaning of DEGREE in English

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. (Symbol: ° )

3》 a unit in any of various scales of temperature, intensity, or hardness. (Symbol: ° )

4》 a stage in a scale or series, in particular:

↘each of a set of grades (usually three) used to classify burns according to their severity.

↘a legal grade of crime, especially murder.

↘a step in direct genealogical descent: second-~ relatives.

↘ Music a position in a musical scale, counting upwards from the tonic or fundamental note.

5》 an academic rank conferred by a college or university after examination or after completion of a course, or conferred as an honour.

6》 archaic social or official rank.

Phrases

by ~s a little at a time; gradually.

to a ~ to some extent.

↘ dated to a considerable extent.

Origin

ME: from OFr., based on L. de- 'down' + gradus 'grade'.

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