Meaning of DEGREE in English


n.1 a stage in an ascending or descending scale, series, or process.

2 a stage in intensity or amount (to a high degree; in some degree).

3 relative condition (each is good in its degree).

4 Math. a unit of measurement of angles, one-ninetieth of a right angle or the angle subtended by one-three-hundred-and-sixtieth of the circumference of a circle.


Symb.: ° (as in 45°).

5 Physics a unit in a scale of temperature, hardness, etc.


Abbr.: deg. (or omitted in the Kelvin scale of temperature).

6 Med. an extent of burns on a scale characterized by the destruction of the skin.

7 an academic rank conferred by a college or university after examination or after completion of a course, or conferred as an honour on a distinguished person.

8 a grade of crime or criminality (murder in the first degree).

9 a step in direct genealogical descent.

10 social or official rank.

11 Math. the highest power of unknowns or variables in an equation etc. (equation of the third degree).

12 a masonic rank.

13 a thing placed like a step in a series; a tier or row.

14 Mus. the classification of a note by its position in the scale.

Phrases and idioms:

by degrees a little at a time; gradually. degree of freedom 1 Physics the independent direction in which motion can occur.

2 Chem. the number of independent factors required to specify a system at equilibrium.

3 Statistics the number of independent values or quantities which can be assigned to a statistical distribution. degrees of comparison see COMPARISON. forbidden (or prohibited) degrees a number of degrees of descent too few to allow of marriage between two related persons. to a degree colloq. considerably.


degreeless adj.

Etymology: ME f. OF degr{eacute} f. Rmc (as DE-, L gradus step)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.