1

**:**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

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 (see civil sense 4) condition or status of a person

3

genealogy

**:**a step in a direct line of descent or in the line of ascent to a common ancestor4

5

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

6

a

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

different in degree but not in kind

requiring a high degree of skill

b

**:**relative intensity

a high degree of stress

c

grammar

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

law

**:**a legal measure of guilt or negligencefound guilty of murder in the first degree

7

a

education

**:**a title conferred on students by a college, university, or professional school on completion of a program of studyearned her four-year degree

associate's degrees

has a degree in psychology

b

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

received his first degree in the Knights of Columbus

c

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

The actor was presented with an honorary degree.

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

a fifteen degree angle

47 degrees Latitude

also

**:**a unit of measure for arcs of a circle equal to the amount of arc that subtends a central angle of one degree9

archaic

**:**a position or space on the earth or in the heavens as measured by degrees of latitude10

music

a

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

b

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

11

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

specifically

**:**any of various units for measuring temperature350 degrees Fahrenheit

12

mathematics

a

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

c

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

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