a degree or step in a scale, as of rank, advancement, quality, value, or intensity: the best grade of paper.
a class of persons or things of the same relative rank, quality, etc.
a step or stage in a course or process.
a single division of a school classified according to the age or progress of the pupils. In the U.S., public schools are commonly divided into twelve grades below college.
the pupils in such a division.
(the) grades. elementary school: He first began teaching in the grades.
a letter, number, or other symbol indicating the relative quality of a student's work in a course, examination, or special assignment; mark.
a classification or standard of food based on quality, size, etc.: grade A milk.
inclination with the horizontal of a road, railroad, etc., usually expressed by stating the vertical rise or fall as a percentage of the horizontal distance; slope.
Building Trades.Also called grade line. the level at which the ground intersects the foundation of a building.
an animal resulting from a cross between a parent of ordinary stock and one of a pure breed.
to determine the grade of.
to assign a grade to (a student's work); mark: I graded forty tests last night.
to cause to pass by degrees, as from one color or shade to another.
to reduce to a level or to practicable degrees of inclination: to grade a road.
to cross (an ordinary or low-grade animal) with an animal of a pure or superior breed.
to incline; slant or slope: The road grades steeply for a mile.
to be of a particular grade or quality.
grade up, to improve (a herd, flock, etc.) by breeding with purebreds.
Idioms about grade
on the same level: A railroad crosses a highway at grade.
(of a stream bed) so adjusted to conditions of slope and the volume and speed of water that no gain or loss of sediment takes place.
make the grade, to attain a specific goal; succeed: He'll never make the grade in medical school.
up to grade, of the desired or required quality: This shipment is not up to grade.
- mis·grade, verb, mis·grad·ed, mis·grad·ing.
- mis·grad·ed, adjective
- mul·ti·grade, adjective
- o·ver·grade, verb (used with object), o·ver·grad·ed, o·ver·grad·ing.
- pre·grade, verb (used with object), pre·grad·ed, pre·grad·ing, noun
- re·grade, verb (used with object), re·grad·ed, re·grad·ing.
- un·grad·ed, adjective
- well-graded, adjective
Other definitions for -grade (2 of 2)
a combining form meaning “walking, moving,” in the manner or by the means specified by the initial element: plantigrade.
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How to use grade in a sentence
Of course, when it comes to grading acting performance, age shouldn't be anything but a number.
Grading on that standard, two Palestinian voices at AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby is revolutionary.What Beinart Overlooks in His 'American Jewish Cocoon' Article | Gil Troy | September 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The symbolism of a gun-control group grading members of Congress for the first time is a display of power in itself, Glaze says.Mayors Against Illegal Guns Plans New Scorecards After Gun Bill Defeat | Eliza Shapiro | April 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
After less than a year, the faculty were furious because there were not enough TAs to do all their grading for them.
I've spent the morning grading papers and trying to figure out why the Orthodox Union (OU) wants to disturb my Yom Kippur.
If the wages are graded according to capacity, then the grading is done by the everlasting elective officials.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
It was perched high above the sidewalk, for the street but a few years since was a gully, and the grading had deepened it.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
It means tearing up those rails, grading a new line—and you'll pay for it.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
The rocky nature of the site permitted little grading, but it added to the picturesqueness.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail | Ezra Meeker
This absence of the collar is quite likely caused by its inter-grading with the Hutchins goose.Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast | Harry Thom Payne
British Dictionary definitions for grade (1 of 2)
a position or degree in a scale, as of quality, rank, size, or progression: small-grade eggs; high-grade timber
a group of people or things of the same category
mainly US a military or other rank
a stage in a course of progression
a mark or rating indicating achievement or the worth of work done, as at school
US and Canadian a unit of pupils of similar age or ability taught together at school
US and Canadian
a part of a railway, road, etc, that slopes upwards or downwards; inclination
Also called: gradient a measure of such a slope, esp the ratio of the vertical distance between two points on the slope to the horizontal distance between them
a unit of angle equal to one hundredth of a right angle or 0.9 degree
an animal with one purebred parent and one of unknown or unimproved breeding
linguistics one of the forms of the vowel in a morpheme when this vowel varies because of gradation
on the same level
(of a river profile or land surface) at an equilibrium level and slope, because there is a balance between erosion and deposition
make the grade informal
to reach the required standard
(tr) to arrange according to quality, rank, etc
(tr) to determine the grade of or assign a grade to
(intr) to achieve or deserve a grade or rank
to change or blend (something) gradually; merge
(tr) to level (ground, a road, etc) to a suitable gradient
(tr) stockbreeding to cross (one animal) with another to produce a grade animal
British Dictionary definitions for -grade (2 of 2)
indicating a kind or manner of movement or progression: plantigrade; retrograde
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Scientific definitions for grade
The degree of inclination of a slope, road, or other surface.
A grouping of organisms done purely on the basis of shared features and without regard to evolutionary relationships. Grades may include organisms that do not share a common ancestor, or may exclude some organisms having the same common ancestor as the other organisms in the grade. For this reason, many taxonomists do not accept grades as formal classifications. The class Reptilia (reptiles) is a grade since it includes dinosaurs but not birds, even though birds are descended from dinosaurs. Compare clade.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with grade
see make the grade.
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