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Definition of "degree" []

  • 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)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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."