# Meaning of 'degree'

## Meaning of 'degree' (Webster Dictionary)

- A step, stair, or staircase.

- 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.

- The point or step of progression to which a person has arrived; rank or station in life; position.

- Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree.

- 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.

- 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.

- Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees.

- State as indicated by sum of exponents; more particularly, the degree of a term is indicated by the sum of the exponents of its literal factors; thus, a2b3c is a term of the sixth degree. The degree of a power, or radical, is denoted by its index, that of an equation by the greatest sum of the exponents of the unknown quantities in any term; thus, ax4 + bx2 = c, and mx2y2 + nyx = p, are both equations of the fourth degree.

- A 360th part of the circumference of a circle, which part is taken as the principal unit of measure for arcs and angles. The degree is divided into 60 minutes and the minute into 60 seconds.

- A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical or other instrument, as on a thermometer.

- A line or space of the staff.

- 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.

- The point or step of progression to which a person has arrived; rank or station in life; position.

- Measure of advancement; quality; extent; as, tastes differ in kind as well as in degree.

- 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.

- 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.

- Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees.

- State as indicated by sum of exponents; more particularly, the degree of a term is indicated by the sum of the exponents of its literal factors; thus, a2b3c is a term of the sixth degree. The degree of a power, or radical, is denoted by its index, that of an equation by the greatest sum of the exponents of the unknown quantities in any term; thus, ax4 + bx2 = c, and mx2y2 + nyx = p, are both equations of the fourth degree.

- A 360th part of the circumference of a circle, which part is taken as the principal unit of measure for arcs and angles. The degree is divided into 60 minutes and the minute into 60 seconds.

- A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical or other instrument, as on a thermometer.

- A line or space of the staff.

## Meaning of 'degree' (Princeton's WordNet)

Meaning (1):

- a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality

- a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality

Example in sentence:

- a high level of care is required;
- a moderate grade of intelligence;
- it is all a matter of degree

Meaning (2):

- a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

- a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

Example in sentence:

- a remarkable degree of frankness;
- at what stage are the social sciences?

Meaning (3):

- an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study

- an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study

Example in sentence:

- he earned his degree at Princeton summa cum laude

Meaning (4):

- the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime)

- the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime)

Example in sentence:

- a second degree burn;
- murder in the second degree

Meaning (5):

- a unit of temperature on a specified scale

- a unit of temperature on a specified scale

Example in sentence:

- the game was played in spite of the 40-degree temperature

Meaning (6):

- a measure for arcs and angles

- a measure for arcs and angles

Example in sentence:

- there are 360 degrees in a circle

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