- 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.
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When they do start on the route to bachelor’s degrees, a third of students change their majors at least once and more than half take longer than four years to graduate, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.More people with bachelor’s degrees go back to school to learn skilled trades|Jon Marcus|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
A year later, he became a freelance writer and received a master’s degree in English literature from Oxford.Jan Morris, artful travel writer who broke many boundaries, dies at 94|Matt Schudel|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Despite not meeting this target, the team wrote, it’s possible that masks do offer a smaller degree of protection to the wearer.That new study saying masks might not be effective? It has a few caveats.|Kate Baggaley|November 20, 2020|Popular Science
“I really learned how to be around people and how to be social and how to be just normal some degree,” Bjerg said.
The bedroom thing seems more a matter of degree, and so is probably the linchpin here.Carolyn Hax: Cellphones push his buttons, and he pushes back|Carolyn Hax|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
He had third-degreed her into cowering and trembling indignation, into hectic mental uncertainties.The Shadow|Arthur Stringer
To-night, however, I sat Terry down at the end of the table and third degreed him to the queen's taste.The Prairie Wife|Arthur Stringer
They promote their brand of degreed ignorance with religious zeal and punish all transgressors with fierceness and ruthlessness.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for degree
- 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
Derived forms of degreedegreeless, adjective
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Scientific definitions for degree
- 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.
Cultural definitions for 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.
Idioms and Phrases with degree
see by degrees; third degree; to some degree; to the nth degree.