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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"


  1. Degree(n.)

    Grade or rank to which scholars are admitted by a college or university, in recognition of their attainments; also, (informal) the diploma provided by an educational institution attesting to the achievement of that rank; as, the degree of bachelor of arts, master, doctor, etc.; to hang one's degrees on the office wall.

  2. Origin: [F. degr, OF. degret, fr. LL. degradare. See Degrade.]


  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 'step' 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

  12. Origin: [F. degr, OF. degret, fr. LL. degradare. See Degrade.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Degree

    de-grē′, n. a grade or step: one of a series of advances: relative position: rank: extent: a mark of distinction conferred by universities, whether earned by examination or granted as a mark of honour: the 360th part of a circle: 60 geographical miles: nearness of relationship: comparative amount of guilt: one of the three stages (positive, comparative, superlative) in the comparison of an adjective or an adverb.—By degrees, by little and little, gradually; Forbidden degrees, the degrees of consanguinity and affinity within which it is not permitted to marry; Songs of degrees, or Songs of ascents, Psalms cxx.-cxxxiv., either because sung by the Jews returning from captivity, or by the Jews coming up annually to attend the feasts at Jerusalem; To a degree, to a great degree, to an extreme. [Fr. degré—L. de, gradus, a step.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. degree

    A degree of longitude is the 1-360th part of the great equatorial circle, or any circle parallel to it. A degree of latitude is the 90th part of the quadrant, or quarter of a great meridional circle. Each degree is divided into 60 minutes, and each minute into 60 seconds, according to the sexagesimal division of the circle. Also, rank or condition.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'degree' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #992

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

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'degree' in Nouns Frequency: #327

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of degree in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of degree in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of degree in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    You have to show a degree of flexibility.

  2. La Rochefoucauld:

    One forgives to the degree that one loves.

  3. Donald Trump:

    You have to have a certain degree of flexibility.

  4. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    It's a total 180, and to a certain degree, it's right.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I hope none of you have a degree from Trump University.

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