## Definition of degree

**:**a step or stage in a process, course, or order of classification

- advanced by degrees

- We all know that you're only three degrees away from all sorts of interesting and even famous people on social media.
- —Alex Proud

**:**a rank or grade of official, ecclesiastical, or social position

- people of low degree

**:**a particular standing especially as to dignity or worth

**:**the civil (see civil 4) condition or status of a person

**:**a step in a direct line of descent or in the line of ascent to a common ancestor

**:**a member of a series arranged in steps (as of parts of a structure)

**:**a measure of damage to tissue caused by injury or disease — compare first-degree burn, second-degree burn, third-degree burn

**:**the extent, measure, or scope of an action, condition, or relation

- different in degree but not in kind

- requiring a high degree of skill

**:**relative intensity

- a high degree of stress

**:**one of the forms or sets of forms used in the comparison of an adjective or adverb

**:**a title conferred on students by a college, university, or professional school on completion of a program of study

- earned her four-year degree

- associate's degrees

- has a degree in psychology

**:**a grade of membership attained in a ritualistic order or society

- received his first degree in the Knights of Columbus

**:**an academic title conferred to honor distinguished achievement or service

- The actor was presented with an honorary degree.

**:**the formal ceremonies observed in the conferral of such a distinction

**:**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

- a fifteen degree angle

- 47 degrees Latitude

**:**a unit of measure for arcs of a circle equal to the amount of arc that subtends a central angle of one degree

**:**a position or space on the earth or in the heavens as measured by degrees of latitude

**:**a step, note, or tone of a scale

**:**a line or space of the musical staff

**:**one of the divisions or intervals marked on a scale of a measuring instrument; specifically

**:**any of various units for measuring temperature

- 350 degrees Fahrenheit

**:**the sum of the exponents of the variables in the term of highest degree in a polynomial, polynomial function, or polynomial equation

**:**the greatest power of the derivative of highest order in a differential equation after the equation has been rationalized (see rationalize 2) and cleared of fractions with respect to the derivative

**:**to a remarkable extent

**:**exceedingly

- I felt desolate
*to a degree* - —Charlotte Brontë

**:**in a small way

*to a degree*he succeeded