- the sum of the exponents of the variables in an algebraic term: x3 and 2x2y are terms of degree three.
- the term of highest degree of a given equation or polynomial: The expression 3x2y + y2 + 1 is of degree three.
- the exponent of the derivative of highest order appearing in a given differential equation.
- to a considerable extent; exceedingly.
- to a small extent; somewhat: He is to a degree difficult to get along with.
Origin of degree
Synonyms for degree
Related Words for degreeterm, strength, severity, rate, point, grade, intensity, standard, amount, scale, extent, scope, quality, size, sort, status, level, credit, magnitude, qualification
Examples from the Web for degree
Contemporary Examples of degree
Investigators will focus on whether the sudden emergency was so extreme that no degree of pilot skill would have helped.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
Dean Todd remained my friend until I graduated in 1988, with my degree in English literature.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
She had enrolled at Maimonides University in North Miami Beach in order to work towards a degree in clinical sexology.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
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Laskey, who earned a degree in psychology, enjoys painting and poetry.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
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“I certainly would not have anticipated the degree to which this has become a huge issue again,” he says.The Agony of Cosby’s Biographer: Why Mark Whitaker Ignored Rape Allegations
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Historical Examples of degree
Aunt Jane approached a degree nearer the equator, and said, gently, "I fear I do."Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
It came, to some degree, with the realisation that the Universal Thought must be with me.
To a degree that convinces myself I have made the demonstration.
I am speaking for the moment only of the degree to which the testing comes.
The degree to which we work them out depends on our own efforts.
- a unit of latitude or longitude, divided into 60 minutes, used to define points on the earth's surface or on the celestial sphere
- a point or line defined by units of latitude and/or longitude
- the highest power or the sum of the powers of any term in a polynomial or by itselfx 4 + x + 3 and xyz ² are of the fourth degree
- the greatest power of the highest order derivative in a differential equation
Word Origin for degree
early 13c., from Old French degré (12c.) "a step (of a stair), pace, degree (of relationship), academic degree; rank, status, position," said to be from Vulgar Latin *degradus "a step," from Late Latin degredare, from Latin de- "down" (see de-) + gradus "step" (see grade (n.)).
Most modern senses date from Middle English, from notion of a hierarchy of steps. Meaning "a grade of crime" is 1670s; that of "a unit of temperature" is from 1727. The division of the circle into 360 degrees was known in Babylon and Egypt. It is perhaps from the daily motion of the sun through the zodiac in the course of a year.
- 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.
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.
see by degrees; third degree; to some degree; to the nth degree.