Simple Definition of degree
: a unit for measuring temperature
: a unit for measuring the size of an angle
: an amount or level that can be measured or compared to another amount or level
Full Definition of degree
1 : a step or stage in a process, course, or order of classification <advanced by degrees>
2 a : a rank or grade of official, ecclesiastical, or social position <people of low degree> b archaic : a particular standing especially as to dignity or worth c : the civil condition or status of a person
3 : a step in a direct line of descent or in the line of ascent to a common ancestor
6 a : the extent, measure, or scope of an action, condition, or relation <different in degree but not in kind> b : relative intensity <a high degree of stress> c : one of the forms or sets of forms used in the comparison of an adjective or adverb d : a legal measure of guilt or negligence <found guilty of robbery in the first degree>
7 a : a title conferred on students by a college, university, or professional school on completion of a program of study b : a grade of membership attained in a ritualistic order or society c : an academic title conferred to honor distinguished achievement or service d : the formal ceremonies observed in the conferral of such a distinction
8 : a unit of measure for angles equal to an angle with its vertex at the center of a circle and its sides cutting off 1⁄360 of the circumference; also : a unit of measure for arcs of a circle equal to the amount of arc that subtends a central angle of one degree
Examples of degree in a sentence
There are 360 degrees in a circle.
These trees will thrive, to a greater or lesser degree, in a number of climates.
Origin of degree
Middle English, from Anglo-French degré, from Vulgar Latin *degradus, from Latin de- + gradus
First Known Use: 13th century
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DEGREE Defined for Kids
Definition of degree for Students
1 : a step in a series <His health improved by degrees.>
2 : amount of something as measured by a series of steps <a high degree of progress>
3 : one of the three forms an adjective or adverb may have when it is compared
4 : a title given (as to students) by a college or university <She received a degree of doctor of medicine.>
5 : one of the divisions marked on a measuring instrument (as a thermometer)
6 : a 360th part of the circumference of a circle
7 : a line or space of the staff in music or the difference in pitch between two notes
Word Root of degree
The Latin word gradus, meaning “step” or “degree,” gives us the root grad. Words from the Latin gradus have something to do with steps. Anything gradual happens slowly one step at a time. To degrade is to reduce from a higher to a lower degree. A grade is a step in school made up of one year of work. Even the word degree itself has gradus as its root.
Medical Definition of degree
2a: a title conferred on students by a college, university, or professional school on completion of a unified program of studyb: an academic title conferred honorarily
3: one of the divisions or intervals marked on a scale of a measuring instrument; specifically : any of various units for measuring temperature
4: a 360th part of the circumference of a circle
Legal Definition of degree
1 : a step in a direct line of descent or in the line of ascent to a common ancestor
2a : a measure of the seriousness of a crime — see also fifth degree, first degree, fourth degree, second degree, third degree Editor's note: Crimes are rated by degrees for the purpose of imposing more severe punishments for more serious crimes. b : a measure of care; also : a measure of negligence esp. in connection with bailments — see also care, negligence
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