# degree

[ dih-gree ]
/ dɪˈgri /

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### Idioms for degree

by degrees, by easy stages; gradually: She grew angrier by degrees.
to a degree,
1. to a considerable extent; exceedingly.
2. to a small extent; somewhat: He is to a degree difficult to get along with.

## Words nearby degree

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degree
/ (dɪˈɡriː) /

## Word Origin for degree

C13: from Old French degre, from Latin de- + gradus step, grade
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## Medical definitions for degree

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.

## Scientific definitions for degree

degree
[ dĭ-grē ]

A unit division of a temperature scale.
1. A unit for measuring an angle or an arc of a circle. One degree is 1360 of the circumference of a circle.
2. 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.

## Cultural definitions for degree

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.