Definition of Degree
1. Noun. A position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality. "It is all a matter of degree"
Specialized synonyms: Caliber, Calibre, Quality, Intensity, Intensiveness, Grind, Depth, Highness, High, Low, Lowness, Extreme, Amplitude Level, Moderateness, Moderation, Immoderateness, Immoderation, Spf, Sun Protection Factor
Generic synonyms: Property
Attributes: High, Low, Mild, Intense
2. Noun. A specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process. "At what stage are the social sciences?"
Generic synonyms: State
Specialized synonyms: Ladder, Acme, Elevation, Height, Meridian, Peak, Pinnacle, Summit, Superlative, Tiptop, Top, Extent, End Point, Resultant, Standard Of Life, Standard Of Living, Plane, State Of The Art, Ultimacy, Ultimateness, Quickening, Climax
3. Noun. 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"
Generic synonyms: Accolade, Award, Honor, Honour, Laurels
Specialized synonyms: Associate, Associate Degree, Baccalaureate, Bachelor's Degree, Honours, Honours Degree, Master's Degree, Doctor's Degree, Doctorate, Law Degree, Honorary Degree, Honoris Causa
4. Noun. A measure for arcs and angles. "There are 360 degrees in a circle"
Generic synonyms: Angular Unit
Terms within: Arcminute, Minute, Minute Of Arc
Group relationships: Oxtant, Sextant
5. Noun. The highest power of a term or variable.
Generic synonyms: Exponent, Index, Power
6. Noun. A unit of temperature on a specified scale. "The game was played in spite of the 40-degree temperature"
Specialized synonyms: C, Degree Celsius, Degree Centigrade, Degree Fahrenheit, F
7. Noun. The seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime). "A second degree burn"
Definition of Degree
1. n. A step, stair, or staircase.
Definition of Degree
1. Noun. (obsolete except heraldry) A step on a set of stairs; the rung of a ladder. (defdate from 13th c.) ¹
2. Noun. An individual step, or stage, in any process or scale of values. (defdate from 13th c.) ¹
3. Noun. A stage of rank or privilege; social standing. (defdate from 13th c.) ¹
4. Noun. (genealogy) A ‘step’ in genealogical descent. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹
5. Noun. (rare) One's relative state or experience; way, manner. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹
6. Noun. The amount that an entity possesses a certain property; relative intensity, extent. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹
7. Noun. A stage of proficiency or qualification in a course of study, now especially an award bestowed by a university or, in some countries, a college, as a certification of academic achievement. (In the United States, can include secondary schools.) (defdate from 14th c.) ¹
8. Noun. (geometry) A unit of measurement of angle equal to 1/360 of a circle's circumference. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹
9. Noun. (physics) A unit of measurement of temperature on any of several scales, such as Celsius or Fahrenheit. (defdate from 18th c.) ¹
10. Noun. (mathematics) The sum of the exponents of a term; the order of a polynomial. (defdate from 18th c.) ¹
11. Noun. (graph theory) The number of edges that a vertex takes part in; a valency. ¹
12. Noun. (surveying) The curvature of a circular arc, expressed as the angle subtended by a fixed length of arc or chord. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
Definition of Degree
1. one of a series of stages [n -S] : DEGREED [adj]
Medical Definition of Degree
1. A step, stair, or staircase. "By ladders, or else by degree." (Rom. Of R)
2. 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.
3. The point or step of progression to which a person has arrived; rank or station in life; position. "A dame of high degree." . "A knight is your degree." . "Lord or lady of high degree."
4. Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree. "The degree of excellence which proclaims genius, is different in different times and different places." (Sir. J. Reynolds)
5. 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.
In the United States diplomas are usually given as the evidence of a degree conferred. In the humanities the first degree is that of bachelor of arts (B. A. Or A. B); the second that of master of arts (M. A. Or A. M). The degree of bachelor (of arts, science, divinity, law, etc) is conferred upon those who complete a prescribed course of undergraduate study. The first degree in medicine is that of doctor of medicine (M. D). The degrees of master and doctor are sometimes conferred, in course, upon those who have completed certain prescribed postgraduate studies, as doctor of philosophy (Ph. D); but more frequently the degree of doctor is conferred as a complimentary recognition of eminent services in science or letters, or for public services or distinction (as doctor of laws (LL. D) or doctor of divinity (D. D), when they are called honorary degrees. "The youth attained his bachelor's degree, and left the university." (Macaulay)
5. 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. "In the 11th century an opinion began to gain ground in Italy, that third cousins might marry, being in the seventh degree according to the civil law." (Hallam)
Lexicographical Neighbors of Degree
Literary usage of Degree
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1896)
"Under these con- tradictory methods the degree in one ... As the State has not a recognized medical authority, and as the degree at the colleges of the so- ..."
2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"My claim is that if work in engineering, for example, does not result in such intellectual growth as deserves the bachelor's degree it should be stimulated ..."
3. A Treatise on the Analytic Geometry of Three Dimensions by George Salmon (1865)
"It is evident, in fact, that the degree of the equation of the section ... For instance, the equation is""of the third degree ; but when we make z = 0, ..."
4. Bulletin by American delphinium society, Texas Engineering Experiment Station, Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (1912)
"GLASS LIST OF GRADUATES From 1875 to 1885, the degree of "Bachelor of Science" was the only undergraduate degree conferred by the University. ..."
5. Observations on Man, His Frame, His Duty, and His Expectations by David Hartley (1801)
"To explain the Manner and degree, in which the automatic ... to fome degree of a voluntary one. In what manner and degree deglutition is voluntary, ..."