Definition of "degree" [de•gree]

  • One of a series of steps in a process, course, or progression; a stage: proceeded to the next degree of difficulty. (noun)
  • A step in a direct hereditary line of descent or ascent: First cousins are two degrees from their common ancestor. (noun)
  • Relative social or official rank, dignity, or position. (noun)
  • Relative intensity or amount, as of a quality or attribute: a high degree of accuracy. (noun)
  • The extent or measure of a state of being, an action, or a relation: modernized their facilities to a large degree. (noun)
  • A stage in a scale of relative amount or intensity (noun)

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  • An academic award conferred by a university or college on successful completion of a course or as an honorary distinction (honorary degree) (noun)
  • Any of three categories of seriousness of a burn (noun)
  • (in the US) any of the categories into which a crime is divided according to its seriousness (noun)
  • A step in a line of descent, used as a measure of the closeness of a blood relationship (noun)
  • Any of the forms of an adjective used to indicate relative amount or intensity: in English they are positive, comparative, and superlative (noun)
  • Any note of a diatonic scale relative to the other notes in that scale (noun)
  • A unit of temperature on a specified scale (noun)
  • A measure of angle equal to one three-hundred-and-sixtieth of the angle traced by one complete revolution of a line about one of its ends (noun)
  • A unit of latitude or longitude, divided into 60 minutes, used to define points on the earth's surface or on the celestial sphere (noun)
  • A point or line defined by units of latitude and/or longitude (noun)
  • A unit on any of several scales of measurement, as for alcohol content or specific gravity (noun)
  • The highest power or the sum of the powers of any term in a polynomial or by itself (noun)
  • The greatest power of the highest order derivative in a differential equation (noun)
  • A step; rung (noun)
  • A stage in social status or rank (noun)

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Use "degree" in a sentence
  • "No man is so wicked _but_ (conjunctive adverb) he loves virtue = No man is wicked _to that degree in which_ he loves _not_ virtue (_so_ = _to that degree_, _but_ = _in which not_)."
  • "If it seems to be rolled to a width beyond the normal degree, it should be classified as if rolled only to the normal degree_."
  • "In whatsoever degree more of the _man_ and less of the _mechanics_ appear, _in that degree_ is the result a work of art."