Definitions for degreedɪˈgri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any of a series of steps or stages, as in a process or course of action; a point in any scale.

  2. a stage or point in or as if in progression or retrogression:

    We followed the degrees of her recovery with joy.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. a stage in a scale of intensity or amount:

    a high degree of mastery.

  4. extent, measure, scope, or the like.

  5. a stage in a scale of rank or station, as in society, business, etc.:

    a lord of high degree.

  6. an academic title conferred by universities and colleges upon the completion of studies, or as an honorary recognition of achievement.

    Category: Education

  7. a unit of measure, esp. of temperature, marked on the scale of a measuring instrument.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  8. the 360th part of a complete angle or turn, often represented by the sign °, as in 45°.

    Category: Math

  9. the distinctive classification of a crime according to its gravity.

    Category: Law

  10. one of the parallel formations of adjectives and adverbs used to express differences in quality, quantity, or intensity, consisting in English of the comparative, positive, and superlative.

    Category: Grammar

  11. the sum of the exponents of the variables in an algebraic term: x3and 2x2 the term of highest degree of a given equation or polynomial: The expression 3x2y+y2+ 1 the exponent of the derivative of highest order appearing in a given differential equation.

    y are terms of degree three.

    is of degree three.

    Category: Math

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

    Category: Music and Dance

  13. a certain distance or remove in the line of descent, determining the proximity of relationship:

    a cousin of the second degree.

  14. Obs. a step, as of a stair.

Idioms for degree:

  1. by degrees,by easy stages; gradually.

    Category: Idiom

  2. to a degree, somewhat. exceedingly.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of degree:

1200–50; ME degre < AF, OF < VL *dēgradus; see de -, grade


Princeton's WordNet

  1. degree, grade, level(noun)

    a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality

    "a moderate grade of intelligence"; "a high level of care is required"; "it is all a matter of degree"

  2. degree, level, stage, point(noun)

    a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

    "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?"

  3. academic degree, degree(noun)

    an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study

    "he earned his degree at Princeton summa cum laude"

  4. degree, arcdegree(noun)

    a measure for arcs and angles

    "there are 360 degrees in a circle"

  5. degree(noun)

    the highest power of a term or variable

  6. degree(noun)

    a unit of temperature on a specified scale

    "the game was played in spite of the 40-degree temperature"

  7. degree(noun)

    the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime)

    "murder in the second degree"; "a second degree burn"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. degree(noun)ɪˈgri

    a document that shows sb has completed their studies at a college or university

    a degree in Education from the University of Illinois; a Business degree

  2. degreeɪˈgri

    a university or college course

    She's doing a degree in Physics.

  3. degreeɪˈgri

    the level or amount of sth

    We expect some degree of cooperation from everyone.; a high degree of skill

  4. degreeɪˈgri

    partly or a little

    It has improved to a certain degree.

  5. degreeɪˈgri

    indicates how serious sth is

    First degree murder charges; third degree burns

  6. degreeɪˈgri

    a unit for measuring temperature

    It's 67 degrees and sunny.; 20 degrees (20; º) Celsius/Fahrenheit

  7. degreeɪˈgri

    a unit for measuring angles

    a forty-five degree (45; º) angle


  1. degree(Noun)

    A step on a set of stairs; the rung of a ladder.

  2. degree(Noun)

    An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values.

  3. degree(Noun)

    A stage of rank or privilege; social standing.

  4. degree(Noun)

    A u2018stepu2019 in genealogical descent.

  5. degree(Noun)

    One's relative state or experience; way, manner.

  6. degree(Noun)

    The amount that an entity possesses a certain property; relative intensity, extent.

    To what degree do the two accounts of the accident concur?

  7. degree(Noun)

    A stage of proficiency or qualification in a course of study, now especially an award bestowed by a university or, in some countries, a college, as a certification of academic achievement. (In the United States, can include secondary schools.)

    She has two bachelor's degrees and is studying towards a master's degree.

  8. degree(Noun)

    A unit of measurement of angle equal to 1/360 of a circle's circumference.

  9. degree(Noun)

    A unit of measurement of temperature on any of several scales, such as Celsius or Fahrenheit.

  10. degree(Noun)

    The sum of the exponents of a term; the order of a polynomial.

  11. degree(Noun)

    The number of edges that a vertex takes part in; a valency.

  12. degree(Noun)

    The curvature of a circular arc, expressed as the angle subtended by a fixed length of arc or chord.

  13. Origin: From degre (French: degré)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Degree(noun)

    a step, stair, or staircase

  2. Degree(noun)

    one of a series of progressive steps upward or downward, in quality, rank, acquirement, and the like; a stage in progression; grade; gradation; as, degrees of vice and virtue; to advance by slow degrees; degree of comparison

  3. Degree(noun)

    the point or step of progression to which a person has arrived; rank or station in life; position

  4. Degree(noun)

    measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree

  5. Degree(noun)

    grade or rank to which scholars are admitted by a college or university, in recognition of their attainments; as, the degree of bachelor of arts, master, doctor, etc

  6. Degree(noun)

    a certain distance or remove in the line of descent, determining the proximity of blood; one remove in the chain of relationship; as, a relation in the third or fourth degree

  7. Degree(noun)

    three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees

  8. Degree(noun)

    state as indicated by sum of exponents; more particularly, the degree of a term is indicated by the sum of the exponents of its literal factors; thus, a2b3c is a term of the sixth degree. The degree of a power, or radical, is denoted by its index, that of an equation by the greatest sum of the exponents of the unknown quantities in any term; thus, ax4 + bx2 = c, and mx2y2 + nyx = p, are both equations of the fourth degree

  9. Degree(noun)

    a 360th part of the circumference of a circle, which part is taken as the principal unit of measure for arcs and angles. The degree is divided into 60 minutes and the minute into 60 seconds

  10. Degree(noun)

    a division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical or other instrument, as on a thermometer

  11. Degree(noun)

    a line or space of the staff


  1. Degree

    A degree, usually denoted by °, is a measurement of plane angle, representing ¹⁄360 of a full rotation; one degree is equivalent to π/180 radians. It is not an SI unit, as the SI unit for angles is radian, but it is mentioned in the SI brochure as an accepted unit.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'degree' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1582

  3. Nouns Frequency

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Translations for degree

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(an) amount or extent

There is still a degree of uncertainty; The degree of skill varies considerably from person to person.

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