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 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?"
  4. 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"
  5. the seriousness of something ( e. g., a burn or crime); " murder in the second degree"; " a second degree burn"
  6. the highest power of a term or variable
  7. a unit of temperature on a specified scale; " the game was played in spite of the 40- degree temperature"
  8. A step, stair, or staircase.
  9. 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.
  10. The point or step of progression to which a person has arrived; rank or station in life; position.
  11. Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222, 140 two degrees.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical or other instrument, as on a thermometer.
  18. A line or space of the staff.
  19. 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.
  20. 1. A rank conferred by colleges and universities in recognition of the completion of a certain course of study or as a mark of honor. The most common medical degrees are Chirurgiae Magister ( C. M.), master in surgery; Medicinae Bachelor ( M. B.), bachelor of medicine; Medicinae Doctor ( M. D.), doctor of medicine. 2. One of the divisions on the scale of a thermometer, barometer, etc.
  21. Step; position; rank; extent; 360th part of a circle.
  22. One of a series of steps; grade; rank; station; amount; intensity.
  23. One of the three forms in which an adjective or an adverb is compared; as, the positive, comparative, and superlative degrees.
  24. An honorary title.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.

Quotes of degree

  1. In a country of such recent civilization as ours, whose almost limitless treasures of material wealth invite the risks of capital and the industry of labor, it is but natural that material interests should absorb the attention of the people to a degree elsewhere unknown. – Felix Adler
  2. I have an education degree from the University of Minnesota, and I was a teacher for about a minute. – Loni Anderson
  3. The idea of winning a doctor's degree gradually assumed the aspect of a great moral struggle, and the moral fight possessed immense attraction for me. – Elizabeth Blackwell
  4. There I was limited to what happened the same way I am with Riel. It doesn't feel like a great burden to have your story, to some degree set. I am enjoying figuring out what I think is the most dramatic way of telling this set of historical facts. – Chester Brown
  5. The degree of leverage now being reversed is staggering, and the underlying global imbalances- notably between the savers and the spenders- will require long and painful adjustment. – Vince Cable
  6. The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions. – George Eliot
  7. I would have liked having children to some degree but frankly I haven't got the time to take the kids to the goddamn ballgame. – Albert Ellis
  8. A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist. – Sigmund Freud
  9. Great comforts do, indeed, bear witness to the truth of thy grace, but not to the degree of it; the weak child is oftener in the lap than the strong one. – William Gurnall
  10. Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you desire from what you do. If you are in a job you hate, face the fact squarely and get out. – Michael Korda
  11. I studied at the Budapest Academy of Theatrical Arts for four years and emerged with a degree – Bela Lugosi
  12. All anger is not sinful, because some degree of it, and on some occasions, is inevitable. But it becomes sinful and contradicts the rule of Scripture when it is conceived upon slight and inadequate provocation, and when it continues long. – Wilson Mizner
  13. It may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears. – Rod Serling
  14. The nature of a democracy consists to an important degree in the right of the people to criticize problems and mistakes. – Walter Ulbricht

Usage examples for degree

  1. 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
  2. " Let us apply this rule one degree farther. – A Candid Examination of Theism by George John Romanes
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. They knew nothing of them, but were certain of their degree – The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay by Maurice Hewlett
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. I've been here something like an hour and have put her through a regular third degree but I've had my labor for my pains, as the saying is. – Ashton-Kirk, Investigator by John T. McIntyre
  9. And of truth in the same degree – Plato's Republic by Plato
  10. 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
  11. And you've got your degree – The Valley of the Giants by Peter B. Kyne
  12. They were interested to the highest degree – The Moon-Voyage by Jules Verne
  13. I had no hope that anything I could do would in the least degree alter my situation. – The Boy Tar by Mayne Reid
  14. We have now the solution of a part of this difficult problem; we can understand, to a certain degree the strange character of this man so remarkable in many ways. – A Narrative of Captivity in Abyssinia With Some Account of the Late Emperor Theodore, His Country and People by Henry Blanc
  15. But after all, you have received your preliminary degree – Seeing Things at Night by Heywood Broun
  16. She's accueillante to the last degree – Philistia by Grant Allen
  17. 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
  18. Helen was not in the slightest degree prepared for what Van Shaw was going to say. – The High Calling by Charles M. Sheldon
  19. I cannot admit that the War Office has changed in the slightest degree in a hundred years. – The Pretty Lady by Arnold E. Bennett
  20. 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

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