Definitions of degree

  1. 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"
  2. a measure for arcs and angles; " there are 360 degrees in a circle"
  3. a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality; " a moderate degree of intelligence"; " a high level of care is required"; " it is all a matter of degree"
  4. the seriousness of something ( e. g., a burn or crime); " murder in the second degree"; " a second degree burn"
  5. the highest power of a term or variable
  6. a unit of temperature on a specified scale; " the game was played in spite of the 40- degree temperature"
  7. A step, stair, or staircase.
  8. 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.
  9. The point or step of progression to which a person has arrived; rank or station in life; position.
  10. Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222, 140 two degrees.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. A line or space of the staff.
  17. A step or grade; rank or station in life; a stage in progress; a remove in relationship; academical rank conferred by an institution; as, a doctor's degree; one of three grades in the comparison of an adjective or adverb; a relative amount, extent, quality, etc.; the 360th part of the circumference of a circle; sixty geographical miles; a unit for measuring heat, cold, etc.
  18. Step; position; rank; extent; 360th part of a circle.
  19. One of a series of steps; grade; rank; station; amount; intensity.
  20. One of the three forms in which an adjective or an adverb is compared; as, the positive, comparative, and superlative degrees.
  21. A step or grade in progression, in elevation, quality, dignity, or rank; relative position or rank; a certain distance or remove in the line of descent determining the proximity of blood; measure; extent; the 360th part of the circumference of a circle; a division, space, or interval marked on a mathematical or other instrument; a term applied to equations to denote the highest power of the unknown quantity; a mark of distinction conferred by universities after examination, or in honour. Honorary degrees, those of doctor of divinity, doctor of laws, & c. By degrees, step by step; gradually. To a degree, exceedingly. See Degrade.
  22. A portion of space taken as a unit of measure, as a degree of latitude; the 360th part of the circumference of a circle; a division on a mathematical or other instrument; a stage in progression; rank or station in society; relationship in blood; measure or extent; an interval of sound; rank or title conferred by a university: by degrees, step by step; gradually.

Usage examples for degree

  1. Herbert said that he was hardly acquainted with it in any degree; and explained that he merely knew the fact that his mother had been married before she met Sir Thomas. – Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope
  2. They knew nothing of them, but were certain of their degree. – The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay by Maurice Hewlett
  3. And yet before three days of that voyage were at an end we were accustomed to both- to a degree. – Kent Knowles: Quahaug by Joseph C. Lincoln
  4. She's accueillante to the last degree. – Philistia by Grant Allen
  5. They were interested to the highest degree. – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  6. Wetzel had this developed to a high degree. – The Spirit of the Border A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley by Zane Grey
  7. But after all, you have received your preliminary degree. – Seeing Things at Night by Heywood Broun
  8. And of truth in the same degree? – Plato's Republic by Plato
  9. It is a difficult thing to be definite about, and I can only give my own feeling on the matter; but I think in some degree they have. – The Practice and Science Of Drawing by Harold Speed
  10. " Let us apply this rule one degree farther. – A Candid Examination of Theism by George John Romanes
  11. I cannot admit that the War Office has changed in the slightest degree in a hundred years. – The Pretty Lady by Arnold E. Bennett
  12. I had no hope that anything I could do would in the least degree alter my situation. – The Boy Tar by Mayne Reid
  13. The difference between the old easy humour and this new harsh humour is a difference not of degree but of kind. – Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton
  14. We may assume, therefore, with a fair degree of probability that the two European species wandered westward along with the Oriental migrants. – The History of the European Fauna by R. F. Scharff
  15. He has, moreover, a power of drawing character which Prescott seldom shows and which, when he shows it, he shows in less degree. – William Hickling Prescott by Harry Thurston Peck
  16. Helen was not in the slightest degree prepared for what Van Shaw was going to say. – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  17. And that, I am afraid, is very much like the degree in which most of us look at 'the things that are not seen' and so we are feeble, and we do not understand 'the things that are not seen'; and we do not get the good out of them. – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  18. And you've got your degree?" – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne