Meaning of DEGREE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ di-ˈgrē ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French degré, from Vulgar Latin * degradus, from Latin de- + gradus

Date: 13th century

1. : a step or stage in a process, course, or order of classification

advanced by degree s


a. : a rank or grade of official, ecclesiastical, or social position

people of low degree

b. archaic : a particular standing especially as to dignity or worth

c. : the civil condition or status of a person

3. : a step in a direct line of descent or in the line of ascent to a common ancestor


a. obsolete : step , stair

b. archaic : a member of a series arranged in steps

5. : a measure of damage to tissue caused by injury or disease — compare first-degree burn , second-degree burn , third-degree burn


a. : the extent, measure, or scope of an action, condition, or relation

different in degree but not in kind

b. : relative intensity

a high degree of stress

c. : one of the forms or sets of forms used in the comparison of an adjective or adverb

d. : a legal measure of guilt or negligence

found guilty of robbery in the first degree


a. : a title conferred on students by a college, university, or professional school on completion of a program of study

b. : a grade of membership attained in a ritualistic order or society

c. : an academic title conferred to honor distinguished achievement or service

d. : the formal ceremonies observed in the conferral of such a distinction

8. : a unit of measure for angles equal to an angle with its vertex at the center of a circle and its sides cutting off 1/360 of the circumference ; also : a unit of measure for arcs of a circle equal to the amount of arc that subtends a central angle of one degree

9. archaic : a position or space on the earth or in the heavens as measured by degrees of latitude


a. : a step, note, or tone of a musical scale

b. : a line or space of the musical staff

11. : one of the divisions or intervals marked on a scale of a measuring instrument ; specifically : any of various units for measuring temperature


a. : the sum of the exponents of the variables in the term of highest degree in a polynomial, polynomial function, or polynomial equation

b. : the sum of the exponents of the variable factors of a monomial

c. : the greatest power of the derivative of highest order in a differential equation after the equation has been rationalized and cleared of fractions with respect to the derivative

• de·greed -ˈgrēd adjective

- to a degree


degree 8


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