multigrade

adjective

mul·​ti·​grade ˌməl-tē-ˈgrād How to pronounce multigrade (audio)
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1
: including or involving students from more than one grade level
a multigrade classroom
2
of motor oil : having a viscosity range that allows use over a wide temperature range
Due to the need for an oil that embodies both good lubrication at high temperatures and easy cranking in cold weather, multigrade oils have been developed. Basically, a multigrade oil is thinner at low temperatures and thicker at high temperatures.Kevin M. G. Maher et al.

Examples of multigrade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After interviewing 37 foster youths from 30 states, the organization found that nearly all of those who attended schools in institutions reported getting poor-quality instruction, often in multigrade classrooms with minimal resources and ill-prepared teachers, Fathallah said. Erin Einhorn, NBC News, 11 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of multigrade was in 1949

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“Multigrade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/multigrade. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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