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- to a considerable extent; exceedingly.
- to a small extent; somewhat: He is to a degree difficult to get along with.

by degrees, by easy stages; gradually: She grew angrier by degrees.

to a degree,

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## British Dictionary definitions for by degrees

## degree

/ (dɪˈɡriː) /

### noun

## Derived Forms

degreeless, adjective## Word Origin for degree

C13: from Old French degre, from Latin de- + gradus step, grade

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## Medicine definitions for by degrees

## degree

[ dĭ-grē′ ]

### n.

A unit of measure on a temperature scale.

A division of a circle, equal to 1/360 of its circumference.

A position or rank within a graded series.

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## Science definitions for by degrees

## degree

[ dĭ-grē′ ]

A unit division of a temperature scale.

- A unit for measuring an angle or an arc of a circle. One degree is 1360 of the circumference of a circle.
- This unit used to measure latitude or longitude on the Earth's surface.

The greatest sum of the exponents of the variables in a term of a polynomial or polynomial equation. For example, x3 + 2xy + x is of the third degree.

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## Culture definitions for by degrees

## degree

In geometry, a unit of measurement of angles, 1/360 of a circle. In physics, a unit of temperature (see Celsius, Fahrenheit (see also Fahrenheit), and Kelvin scale). A degree on the Fahrenheit scale is smaller than a degree on the Celsius or Kelvin scale. Degrees on the Celsius and Kelvin scales are the same size.

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## Idioms and Phrases with by degrees (1 of 2)

## by degrees

Gradually, by successive steps or stages. For example, By degrees he began to delegate more and more of his duties to his staff. [Mid-1500s] Also see by inches.

## Idioms and Phrases with by degrees (2 of 2)

## degree

see by degrees; third degree; to some degree; to the nth degree.

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