- 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.
- degree day,
- degree of curve,
- degree of difficulty,
- degree of freedom,
- to a considerable extent; exceedingly.
- to a small extent; somewhat: He is to a degree difficult to get along with.
Origin of degree
Examples from the Web for 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?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She had enrolled at Maimonides University in North Miami Beach in order to work towards a degree in clinical sexology.
Laskey, who earned a degree in psychology, enjoys painting and poetry.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture|Eliza Krigman|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|Lloyd Grove|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I dreamt of writing books, and I tried it, after taking my degree, but I did not succeed.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume III (of 8)|Guy de Maupassant
Wait until I get my degree, and the law cases come pouring in on me, with big fees—say, maybe I could give your dad some points!For the Honor of Randall|Lester Chadwick
Coffee loses weight during the roasting process, the loss varying according to the degree of roasting and the nature of the bean.All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
The difference between articles of one or another description, is a difference in degree only.
All social cohesion and co-operation rest on this comprehension, and are limited by its degree of perfection.Illusions|James Sully
- 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.