• WordNet 3.6
    • n degree a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality "a moderate grade of intelligence","a high level of care is required","it is all a matter of degree"
    • n degree the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime) "murder in the second degree","a second degree burn"
    • n degree the highest power of a term or variable
    • n degree 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"
    • n degree a measure for arcs and angles "there are 360 degrees in a circle"
    • n degree a unit of temperature on a specified scale "the game was played in spite of the 40-degree temperature"
    • n degree a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process "a remarkable degree of frankness","at what stage are the social sciences?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The University of Plymouth was the first university to offer a degree in surfing
    • Degree (Trig) 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.
    • Degree (Genealogy) 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."
    • Degree A division, space, or interval, marked on a mathematical or other instrument, as on a thermometer.
    • Degree (Mus) A line or space of the staff. "It has been said that Scotsmen . . . are . . . grave to a degree on occasions when races more favored by nature are gladsome to excess."
    • Degree A step, stair, or staircase. "By ladders, or else by degree ."
    • Degree Grade or rank to which scholars are admitted by a college or university, in recognition of their attainments; also, informal the diploma provided by an educational institution attesting to the achievement of that rank; as, the degree of bachelor of arts, master, doctor, etc.; to hang one's degrees on the office wall. "The youth attained his bachelor's degree , and left the university."
    • Degree 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."
    • Degree 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.
    • Degree (Algebra) 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.
    • Degree 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 ."
    • Degree (Arith) Three figures taken together in numeration; thus, 140 is one degree, 222,140 two degrees.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average temperature on Earth is 15 degrees celcius.
    • n degree A step, as of a stair; a stair, or set of steps.
    • n degree A step or single movement toward an end; one of a series of advances; a stage of progress; a phase of development, transformation, or progressive modification.
    • n degree Specifically In grammar, one of the three stages, namely, positive, comparative, and superlative, in the comparison of an adjective or an adverb. See comparison, 5.
    • n degree The point of advancement reached; relative position attained; grade; rank; station; order; quality.
    • n degree In universities and colleges, an academical rank conferred by a diploma, originally giving the right to teach. The earliest degree was that of master, which in the university of Bologna, and others modeled on that (as were the faculties of law in all the old universities), was called the degree of doctor. Afterward the lower degree of determinant (later called bachelor) was introduced, and the intermediate degree of licentiate; but these were not regular degrees, except in the faculty of arts. The degree of bachelor was conferred by the “nation” of the faculty of arts; the others were given by the chancellor, by authority of the pope. Thus, the medieval degrees were: the degree of determinant, or bachelor of arts, without a diploma;
    • n degree In geneal., a certain distance or remove in the line of descent, determining the proximity of blood: as, a relation in the third or fourth degree. See first extract, and forbidden degrees, below.
    • n degree In algebra, the rank of an equation, as determined by the highest power under which an unknown quantity appears in it. Thus, if the exponent of the highest power of the unknown quantity be 3 or 4, the equation is of the third or fourth degree.
    • n degree One of a number of subdivisions of something extended in space or time. Specifically— One of a number of equal subdivisions on the scale of a meteorological or other instrument, as a thermometer.
    • n degree In arithmetic, three figures taken together in numeration: thus, the number 270,360 consists of two degrees (more commonly called periods).
    • n degree In music: One of the lines or spaces of the staff, upon which notes are placed. Notes on the same degree, when affected by accidentals, may denote different tones, as D, D♮, and D♭; and, similarly, notes on different degrees, as D♭ and C♮, may denote identical tones, at least upon instruments of fixed intonation.
    • n degree The difference or step between a line and the adjacent space on the staff (or vice versa). Occasionally, through the use of accidentals, this difference is only apparent (see above).
    • n degree The difference, interval, or step between any tone of the scale and the tone next above or below it, as from do to re, from mi to fa. The interval may be a whole step or tone, a half step or semitone, or (in the minor scale) a step and a half, or augmented tone. See step, tone, interval, staff, scale. [To distinguish between degrees of the staff and degrees of the scale, the terms staff-degree and scale-degree are sometimes used.]
    • n degree Intensive quantity; the proportion in which any quality is possessed; measure; extent; grade.
    • n degree In criminal law: One of certain distinctions in the culpability of the different participants in a crime. The actual perpetrator is said to be a principal in the first degree, and one who is present aiding and abetting, a principal in the second degree.
    • n degree One of the phases of the same kind of crime, differing in gravity and in punishment.
    • degree To advance by a step or steps.
    • degree To place in a position or rank.
    • n degree In physical chemistry, the number of conditions of a thermodynamic system which can be changed independently of each other, without destroying the system by suppressing one of its phases. For example, a system composed of water existing in the two phases, liquid and solid, and depending for equilibrium on the two conditions, temperature and pressure, has one degree of freedom and only one: any desired temperature may be given to it within certain limits, but the pressure is thereby fixed; and any pressure may be established within certain limits, but the temperature is determined in so doing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For every degree of longitude there is a time gap of four minutes.
    • n Degree de-grē′ a grade or step: one of a series of advances: relative position: rank: extent: a mark of distinction conferred by universities, whether earned by examination or granted as a mark of honour: the 360th part of a circle: 60 geographical miles: nearness of relationship: comparative amount of guilt: one of the three stages (positive, comparative, superlative) in the comparison of an adjective or an adverb
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  • Stephen B. Leacock
    “Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect.”
  • Lee Rudolph
    Lee Rudolph
    “No one wants a good education. Everyone wants a good degree.”
  • Bo Lozoff
    Bo Lozoff
    “We're all stumbling towards the light with varying degrees of grace at any given moment.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “People of humor are always in some degree people of genius.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts- the less you know the hotter you get.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Laziness. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. degré, OF. degret, fr. LL. degradare,. See Degrade
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. degré—L. de, gradus, a step.


In literature:

A great degree of inequality is not nearly so great an evil as a small degree of uncertainty.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
It must be remarked, that as it was only despoiled by degrees, so it is only enriched and vivified by degrees.
"Spiritual Torrents" by Jeanne Marie Bouvières de la Mot Guyon
Whether a degree be represented by a meter or a kilometer, it always remains a degree.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion
Even the artificial breeding of domestic animals can produce only a limited degree of variation.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
It is situated in 19 degrees 26 minutes south latitude, and 137 degrees 56' minutes west longitude.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
In both could be traced that degree of mysticism and expansiveness, which make the poet and the missionary.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
The engraved index on the base-rings of cannon in quarter degrees from point-blank to two or three degrees of elevation.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He has not lost his degree?
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Science carries this faculty to the highest possible degree of exactitude and precision, but does not alter its essential character.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
They are not in the least degree shy, for they hop about among men and cattle in the most populous places.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi

In poetry:

And when my Love's heart kindled
In hate of me,
Wherefore I knew not, died I
One more degree.
"The Dead Man Walking" by Thomas Hardy
There was a lord of Galaway,
A mighty lord was he;
And he did wed a second wife,
A maid of low degree.
"Kathleen" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thus, as they shine in their estate,
So, too, in their degree;
Which is most goodly to relate,
And ravishing to see.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
'Tis safer, Lord, to hope in thee,
And have my God my friend,
Than trust in men of high degree,
And on their truth depend.
"Psalm 118 part 1" by Isaac Watts
A country lad is my degree,
And few there be that ken me, O;
But what care I how few they be
I'm welcome aye to Nannie, O.
"My Nannie, O" by Robert Burns
"My daughter, that enchanting gurl,
Has just been promised to an Earl,
And all my other familee
To peers of various degree.
"Captain Reece" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Sister Robertine earned a bachelor's degree in education at St Mary of the Springs in Columbus, Ohio, and a master's degree in library science from Villanova University.
Trey Hudson, 19, pleaded guilty in Dec 2011 to charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree robbery.
Monday's high temperature of 36 degrees was the lowest daily high temperature so far this month in Tulsa, while Tuesday's low of 20 degrees this morning would be the lowest overall.
The new WKSU general manager holds a bachelor's degree in general studies with a focus on management from Wichita State University and a master's degree in executive development for public service from Ball State University.
An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of the meat loaf should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
A Hodgenville man was charged Oct 20 with two counts of second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree terroristic threatening.
Monday's high temperature of 83 degrees was 12 degrees above average for this time of year.
He also received four years of credit for obtaining an associate degree and a bachelor's degree while in prison.
Deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said he will charge the 16-year-old boy with first-degree murder and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm this afternoon.
Of those, 581 received bachelor's degrees and 111 earned master's degrees.
Lee faces charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and first- and third-degree sex offenses , police said.
Here, she earned her bachelor's degree in painting at UTSA, then took a four-year break before returning to school for her master's degree.
A new high-speed positioning system from Bosch Security Systems of Fairport, New York, offers continuous panning of up to 100 degrees per second and tilting of up to 40 degrees per second in manual mode.
Panoramic 180 degree & 360 degree Full View.

In science:

If, using left equivalence, we eliminate a monomial with even degree in one component, then we obtain a monomial of higher degree in another component, so we have to eliminate monomials of odd degree.
Simple singularities of multigerms of curves
For a start, each vertex in an directed network has two degrees, an in-degree, which is the number of edges that point into the vertex, and an out-degree, which is the number pointing out.
Random graphs as models of networks
In fact, to be completely general, we must allow for a joint degree distribution of inand out-degree: we define pj k to be the probability that a randomly chosen vertex simultaneously has in-degree j and out-degree k .
Random graphs as models of networks
There, a random graph ensemble based on an arbitrary asymptotic degree distribution pm is defined for a finite order N by randomly selecting a member from the set of graphs with a given degree sequence, such that the number of vertices with degree m is approximately N pm .
A General Formalism for Inhomogeneous Random Graphs
Note that the total degree of a vertex is simply the sum of its colored degree components; the usual degree distribution is thus also fixed, and amounts to pm = Pm δ(m, Pa ma )pm .
Random Graphs with Hidden Color